Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics BS/MS, 2009
Receiving the official invitation to be a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras was very exciting. There were many months of waiting between finishing all of the application material and leaving for Honduras to start training. As I write this, I have already been here for 7 months.
The first 3 months are training in language, cultural issues, technical subjects, and security. Then all of the volunteers get sent to different cities throughout the country. I work as an Engineer mainly in water and sanitation projects. Every volunteer’s experience in Peace Corps is unique. Sometimes my local counterpart has work for me and other times there is no work so I have to look for projects that could be beneficial to people or communities here. When it comes to work, we can get involved in anything that we want to and we can say no to anything we don’t want to do. Between living, working, and integrating into a community in a different country it is a great, interesting, and sometimes difficult experience; but overall a rewarding one also.