So the time has finally come. All the while I have been working as a Peace Corps Volunteer, I have also been chipping away at my Master’s Research. I have turned it in and it has been published on my school’s website.
The idea of combining my Master’s education and Peace Corps service was always very attracting. As the adage goes, I was able to kill two birds with one stone. I was able to partake in and accomplish two of my most sought after life goals.
I am one year into my service and I have finished the research portion of my work. I now have a Master’s Degree in Applied Community & Economic Development with a focus in Sociology. The next step for my paper will be a presentation of my work. After that, I plan to continue working on the document in order to get it ready to be submitted to an academic journal.
I am finally just a volunteer. I have one year left of service. One more year to focus entirely on my work in my community. In a lot of ways, I am really happy I was able to participate in the Master’s International Program.
However, in some ways, I think my pursuit of higher education during my Service took away from my experience. I think at times it was distracting and entirely consuming. At times I prioritized my research over my volunteer work and community integration. This I think might have had negative impacts on my experience.
That is no longer the case. Now I can embed myself in my volunteer work to a level that was not previously popular. I am looking forward to that and to the changes it brings to the remainder of my time in Peru.
So without further adieu, here it is. Please click the link in order to download the document. I hope you find it interesting.