Thousands of Peace Corps volunteers serve across the globe continent in countries as different from one another as Alaska is from Florida. As part of my blogging goals for 2015, I hope to bring you volunteer interviews from Peace Corps countries from all around the world! This month, I am excited to introduce to you a volunteer from Albania.
Meredith Porter – Age 24
Where are you from?
I’m from South Carolina.
I had a lot of reasons I wanted to join, as I had wanted to join since I was 15 and had plenty of time to consider service. Overall, I’d say I wanted to learn more about the world and myself, I wanted to travel, I wanted to gain experience, and I wanted those things in a context where I could help people. I think those reasons still apply, but really, those aren’t why I stay day-to-day. I stay because I have people I care about here, and because I’ve made a commitment to those people to try. I stay because I like the work I do. I stay because I have a vision for a better Albania, and that means being a cog in the machine to improve lives here.
Besides, I think the US needs more people (a lot more) who understand more of the world and empathize with people of other countries. Talking to people here and in America tells me that neither knows much about the other, to the detriment of both.