Dating a peace corps volunteer

13-Jul-2014 09:02

Granted, some of these things do push you together.It's easy to latch on to someone when the rest of your life is beyond your control.I taught classes of 50 students using nothing more than a chalkboard. The biggest challenge was dealing with sexual harassment on a daily basis and having to give up certain liberties and freedoms since, in the conservative highlands of Madagascar, had to to meet the expectations my host culture had for women.

I mean, this experience changes you and for some reason, it just seems natural to think RPCVs marry other RPCVs.

All of the sudden, those social expectations no longer applied to me.

When I visited him in his town, no one thought less of me for accompanying him to a bar — because I was accompanying a man.

Then, you throw in the living in different communities, the focus on your work, and the attention you must give to cultural norms...

Well, you end up with not a great recipe for a healthy and successful relationship.

I mean, this experience changes you and for some reason, it just seems natural to think RPCVs marry other RPCVs.

All of the sudden, those social expectations no longer applied to me.

When I visited him in his town, no one thought less of me for accompanying him to a bar — because I was accompanying a man.

Then, you throw in the living in different communities, the focus on your work, and the attention you must give to cultural norms...

Well, you end up with not a great recipe for a healthy and successful relationship.

I hated it but understood that respecting the cultural expectations my town had for women was extremely important for the success of my work, the respect I received as a teacher at the local middle school, and for building a healthy relationship with my community.