Joining the Peace Corps As a Couple

Difficulties Applying as a Couple

An issue I have encountered while applying to the Peace Corps is a lack of information regarding couples serving together in the Peace Corps. Serving as a couple in the Peace Corps has both its benefits and pitfalls as does anything you decide to do in life. The benefits can include having someone familiar to talk to, a support system, help fight loneliness, or someone to keep you going. The downside however may be that you will fight more, one might be more successful than the other, you may not spend any time together or may not spend any time a part, or that since you are both in new conditions you might not be able to communicate the same way you did before service. But if you decide that the benefits outweigh the issues you may face, here are some things to consider.

What it is like as a Couple

For the most part, serving as a couple is not much different than serving alone. The only real difference is that during your time there, you have someone else sharing a bedroom with you and someone that you know from back home to talk to. But you are not together the whole duration of service. During the first three months of training, you live with host families so they can “show you the ropes” and help you to learn the language faster. Also during this training, you and your significant other are separated from each other into different host families so that you better integrate into the group as well as the culture.

How You Can Do It

Applying as a couple is overall fairly easy. On the application they ask if you are applying as a couple and if you say yes, they ask for their name and that is pretty much it on the actually application. Later on when you get to pick your country preferences you must be careful because there are quite a few countries that cannot support couples serving together.

The process is also different depending on if you are married or dating. My girlfriend and I each had our individual Peace Corps interviews and then later in the week had a couples interview where he asked us about how we deal with conflicts together and how we think we will handle the stress of service and dating. A married couple in my girlfriend’s graduate school program did not have to have a couples interview, all they had to do was submit their marriage certificate as proof of their marriage.

Adventure Knows No Age Limit

The Intrepid Optimist webpage is for you, men and women, who’ve lived and enjoyed a full and exciting life and are still pursuing your dreams.

The idea came to me that when I realized that, on reaching the hypothetical retirement age, that quitting was the last thing that I was going to do. I have lived a pretty full and adventurous life, receiving an informal education at that famous establishment, the School of Hard Knocks.

How many of you over-fifties wish you could put that special story or great adventure on paper before it’s too late? Well you can now and here’s the place to do just that.

It has been said that every man over the age of fifty owes it to his children to write his biography. How I would love to have known more about my own father, who died when I was six months old. Sadly, apart from one photo, I have nothing of his life to pass on to my children. If only he had taken a little of his time to put on paper a few – however trivial -details of his past, which I could remember him by.

Writing an account of your life or sections of it does not mean that you have to produce a tome or a number one, Best Seller. Your story can be a singular or a series of the important or special incidents or adventures experienced in your own or your family’s life.

Should you have served in the armed services, the police or in the diplomatic corps, you must have experienced incidents or lived adventures you’d like to pass on. How many of you worked for your own, or even someone else’s government? There’s some great stories still to be told which took place during your professional careers or in your private lives and it’s not just your kin that want to hear them.

Perhaps you have a hotel, restaurant, bar, monastery, jail, safe house experience or even a book you want to write. Why not share those stories. People are waiting to read about them.

Do not put it off – put it on paper.

Travel Jobs – Make Adventure Your Career!

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure.” – Helen Keller

I want to open your eyes a bit to the wonderful opportunities the world has to offer. Other than spending 8-plus hours a day in a tiny cubicle, slaving away at something you hate, there are scores of things that you can do to make money in exciting, adventurous ways.

For most of these jobs you don’t need to be young or physically fit. You don’t need to have special training, or training that is not easily acquired. You just need to realize that they’re there and go and get ’em.

There are jobs that pay you to travel. There are jobs that give you free room and board. There are jobs that take you sailing, horse-back riding, mountain-hiking and to exotic islands. There are even jobs that pay you to dine at fancy restaurants.

The list of exciting travel and adventure jobs that are available to you is almost limitless. You can literally pick and choose what excites you the most. And if in the rare case your dream-job doesn’t exist – you can create it.

Did you know that:

There are literally thousands of commercial fishing companies in Alaska that are always looking for new employees. Most of them will pay for your round-trip airfare from Seattle to Alaska, give you free room and board and pay you $2,000 to $10,000 a month (with experience you could earn even more).

English teachers are in high demand around the world. Institutes and private individuals will pay you just for showing people something that you already know. Usually, no special certificates are required (you don’t even need to speak the local language), and you can make $200 a day by teaching English as a foreign language. Teach in Thailand, Japan, Brazil – wherever.

You can buy highly-prized items for dirt-cheap in countries around the globe, then sell them for huge profits. (Gold jewelry could cost you $100, you sell it for $1,000, earning you a profit of $900). One of the best ways to sell these items is through online auctions like eBay – and if you do it right you’ll be able to run your auction business from anywhere in the world.

There are humanitarian organizations, like the Peace Corps, that pay for your room and board, and give you a monthly income. You’ll be able to travel to foreign lands, help people, and get paid for it.

Your travel photographs are worth $$$. There are several places online (check out Shutterstock.com and iStock.com) where you can post your pictures. Every single time one of your pictures gets downloaded, you earn a commission. Once a picture is posted it stays there for as long as you like, and you continue to earn residual income from it, from anywhere in the world. Imagine how much you could earn each month with 1,000 pictures posted on several different sites.

Countless websites, magazines, newspapers and trade journals want your travel stories. When you write about your travel experiences these publications pay you for it. Also, when you show restaurants, tour agencies and hotels your writing credentials, they will often give you a big discount on their services.

Wildfires spring-up during the hot, summer months. They threaten forests, wildlife and homes. The people that fight these fires get room, board and travel expenses paid for. Plus, they get paid their standard hourly-wage, overtime pay, time and a half pay, and even hazard pay. Wildland firefighters consistently make thousands of dollars every week.

I could go on, but I think you get the idea. There is absolutely no reason at all to stay in a boring, unfulfilling job that you hate when so many fun, exciting and adventurous opportunities are out there.

Life should be an adventure. There are scores of adventurous job opportunities waiting for you to take advantage of them. So why wait? Get started today.