What really captured my interest about the Peace Corps were the three precepts required of all Peace Corps Volunteers:
- Teach other countries about American’s beliefs and values;
- Learn about the values and beliefs of the country that you work in; and
- Upon your return, share what you have learned with your fellow American’s so they might understand the world better.
What I learned as a Peace Corps Volunteer has stuck with me and influenced my leadership to this day. Peace Corps training is built on sustainability, it is drilled into volunteers that the people who’s country you are fortunate to serve drive the projects and the implementation of those projects.
That ethos has become central to my leadership, and is why I have focused so effectively on supporting communities in defining vision and guiding beliefs documents.
I have some fond memories (and some not so fond memories) of my time in Africa. But there is not a day that goes by that I do not focus on the service leadership that my experiences there taught me.