Because Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment, it allows volunteers to celebrate the holiday season in their host countries and participate in new traditions and customs, while also sharing their own. From now until Christmas, we will highlight stories from Peace Corps volunteers who share their experiences spending the holidays overseas. From one Peace Corps volunteer to another, these volunteers share their advice to those embarking on their first festive season in service.
“Last year at this time, I was eagerly awaiting the beginning of the holiday season. Like many Americans, Thanksgiving for my family is the kickoff of this exciting time of year. It is usually a time filled with family, friends and great food. This year is a little different. Not only am I miles away from family and friends and the comfort foods I love, the tropical climate doesn’t feel like the typical Midwestern holiday season I am accustomed to. Since Thailand is predominately Buddhist, the holidays that are typically associated with this time of year are not celebrated in my rural village. But, all these differences allow me to use this time of year in a unique way. I think it is important to be thankful for what you have instead of focusing on what you don’t. This vastly different holiday season, I have the opportunity to explore a completely different country.”
– Jennifer Wininger, Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand Continue reading “Peace Corps Holidays: Volunteers offer advice on spending the season abroad”