Why I decided to join the Peace Corps...

From a very young age I have always enjoyed meeting people from different parts of the world. I enjoy meeting people whom come from different cultural backgrounds. For me, it is very exciting to learn about the different histories, stories and experiences of the people with whom I share this world with. It came as a surprise to many that I was willing to leave a job I absolutely adored to go live in a “developing” country that will not have the amenities I have grown accustomed to. To be honest making this decision was very difficult for me because Iabsolutely adored my job as the choral music director at Charlestown High School (CHS) and I especially felt a strong bond with all of my students at (CHS).  In addition, telling my mom that I would be leaving Boston for at least 27 months to embark on adventure OVER 8,000 miles away from home was no easy task...Since I was in high school I have always felt a calling to use my skill sets and talent to assist the most needy communities both in the United States and around the world. That being said I could no longer ignore this calling and I simply had to jump into the unknown and brace myself for the adventure that is awaiting for me here in the beautiful and mysterious country of Madagascar. My hope is that little by little I can help the overall state of the country I am serving by engaging in educational/cultural development work with Peace Corps Madagascar.  I am committed to serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer for AT LEAST 27 month. Hopefully by the end of my service I will grow to become more culturally aware therefore, bringing forth cross-cultural understanding, empathy, peace and unity which are all elements that I can use to continue to enhance my community back home in Boston and maybe someday the world???

Peace Corps Stage 51: Me with the 30 volunteers undergoing Peace Corps Pre Service Training (PST) for the next couple of months. 

Peace Corps Stage 51: Me with the 30 volunteers undergoing Peace Corps Pre Service Training (PST) for the next couple of months. 

Peace Corps Training Center in Montosua, Madagascar. 

Peace Corps Training Center in Montosua, Madagascar. 

Peace Corps Training Camp in Montosua, Madagascar. 

Peace Corps Training Camp in Montosua, Madagascar. 

A rainbow after our first day of training at the Jean Laborde Learning Center in Montosua, Madagascar. 

A rainbow after our first day of training at the Jean Laborde Learning Center in Montosua, Madagascar.