Although I may have never mentioned it here (or even out loud at all, for that matter), the Peace Corps has always been in the back of my mind as one of those potentially fabulous opportunities to combine travel with community service. The time commitment is what always kept me from looking more into it.
However, this piece in the NY Times today is terrifying. As a volunteer in a foreign country, you of course plan for all contingencies, I’m sure, to include the horrible events like what took place with poor Jess Smochek when she was a 23-year-old Peace Corps volunteer in Bangladesh.
I’ll spare the gritty (and they are gritty) details outright here, but let’s just say it looks like the Peace Corps may have some serious explaining to do.
Bis bald friends, and please, be careful when you’re traveling.