Because Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment, many volunteers celebrate the holidays in their host countries. Spending the holidays in another country allows volunteers to participate in new traditions and customs, while also sharing their own.
Jordan Hatcher, Peace Corps Volunteer
Senegal, Preventative Health Educator, 2012-14
Hometown: Green Bay, Wisconsin
Alma mater: University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012, International Studies and Spanish
While it can be tough being so far from home during the holidays, it’s also such a privilege. People always say the holidays are a time for giving. Being a part of the Peace Corps provides me with that opportunity every day, even if it’s something as small as cooking lunch with my host sister or playing with the kids in my village. The holidays always remind me what a unique life experience this is and how lucky I am to be a part of such a great organization.