The Great Common Task

“Life in the Peace Corps will not be easy. There will be no salary and allowances will be at a level sufficient only to maintain health and meet basic needs. Men and women will be expected to work and live alongside the nationals of the country in which they are stationed—doing the same work, eating the same food, talking the same language.

But if the life will not be easy, it will be rich and satisfying. For every young American who participates in the Peace Corps—who works in a foreign land—will know that he or she is sharing in the great common task of bringing to man that decent way of life which is the foundation of freedom and a condition of peace.”

-John F. Kennedy.

If you know me, you know that my favorite President, and probably favorite American is JFK.  And I stumbled upon this quote from him today that really motivates me even more to join the corps.  I’ve been reading more about it, and I think I’m going to apply next summer, that’s what I keep reading.  That way I can go after I get out of school and don’t have to wait around.  Just thinking about it makes me scared, nervous, and excited.

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