How is volunteering different from traveling or working abroad?
JP: I guess I could say what the Peace Corps experience is. The volunteers with PC are there for a long time, so we get an insider’s look at the village. We become part of the village and the villagers there look out for us. We have experiences that most other travelers don’t have access to. There are a lot of people, especially from Europe, who come out for three-week holidays, that get to see a lot and have really interesting experiences, but may just go from backpacker camp to camp and never really get a chance to experience the people. And even if they do go off the beaten path, I had access to things other people wouldn’t see. We were doing a health-related program and took boats out to a remote fishing village. That kind of stuff is what travelers don’t get to, it’s not in the Lonely Planet. Because we speak the language and we’re part of the village, we can be included in ceremonies, witness their dances or other cultural things. Even if you’re working in a paid position, especi