Have any of you had any experience with the peace corps? I know little of their affect on the world at large, and being a government institution, I wasn't sure if there was any religious bent in their peace works. ( i.e. building churches for third world countries, etc.)
I am at a point in my life where I am considering volunteering for the peace corps as a means of reaching out to the world and benefiting someone's life besides my own. Please let me know if any of you have any thoughts or experience with this. Thanks :)
A friend of mine was in the Peace Corps over 10 years ago. No, they do not "do" religion. She was an English teacher in Chad. The conditions were primitive (by western standards _and_ by African standards), she came home with passengers in her gut, she spent a lot of her time figuring out how to make lasagne (a three-day process, including making the cheese) because the teachers were on strike half the time, so no school was in session. And she still says it was one of the best times of her life. Am I jealous? Yes.
There should be a Peace Corps office that serves your region. You could get in contact with them and see if there would be positions available in your area of expertise. Also, I think there are a number of volunteer organizations that do not "do" religion that would be comparable to the PC. I've also been told that if you don't mind so much, the Jesuits actually do quite a bit of good. A long time ago, I used to have a list of organizations, but I'm sure it's long gone.