Would You, Could You Do It?

United States
May 16, 2007 3:45am CST
I have a friend who had a good career as a programmer with a big-named in the programming world. He had a relationship and took expensive vacations every year. In short, he was well-off. Didn't have kids but didn't want them, either. He gets to be about 40 and decides to join the peace Corps and work for them for 2 years in another country. This means the end to the nice job. He had to basically sell everything he owned and live off of the Peace Corps budget. I think what he did was quite noble. He went to a small village and helped them, and reading his online journal through his time there he has learned a lot from them as well. Could you do that? Would you do that? I know many people talk a good talk about helping others, but could you really put your money where your mouth is (so to speak) and go off and do something like this? I am being honest. My younger self with a better head on her shoulders could do it, but wouldn't have. Now when I could think about it and appreciate it, I have too much responsibilities.
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@kelly60 (4550)
• United States
16 May 07
When I was younger, without the responsibilities, I could have done it and very well might have. Of course, at that time in my life, I did not have a good paying job, or anything else really that I would be giving up by going there. I had a job washing dishes at a local restaurant, a rented house trailer, and an old pickup truck so it would not have been much of a sacrifice for me.
• United States
18 May 07
See, I didn't have the guts back then to move away and change my life like that. Now that I'm older, I wish I had. But now I have the gumption to change my life but there are so many responsibilities! Many more people to think about than just myself...
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@kelly60 (4550)
• United States
18 May 07
It probably would have been hard to leave my family behind for so long, but at that time in my life, I think I would have done it. It is hard to say though unless you are put in the position to actually make the decision.
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@brian_s (570)
• United States
5 Jun 07
I am trying to do it. I started my career teaching. I resigned and took a 5 month trip to Australia. Now I am in the process of trying to get into the Peace Corps. I've filled out my application and sent it in, had my interview, filled out additional information that was asked of me, received a nomination to a region, and now I am waiting for my medical kit so I can get the doctor's clearance that I need. After that I still have to see if I will be accepted. It is a long process. I will not be making any money really (besides a living allowance and a stipend at the end so I can start renting an apartment. But it will be worth it. I really hope I get accepted after going this far in the process.
• United States
18 Feb 08
Wow, you are a really good person! I wish the best for you.
@academic2 (7011)
• Uganda
26 Jan 08
I think he did a really unusal thing-I wouldnt like to think he did a bad thing-but that guy is very selfless-just imagine what change he put on the life of these unfortunate people! Iwouldnt do that myself!
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