McKayla Is Not Impressed with Peace Corps Volunteers
By Erica Burman on Wednesday, August 15th, 2012
Peace Corps Volunteers share many qualities with Olympic gymnasts.
- Flexibility. We can adapt to changing priorities and resources.
- Endurance. We spend two years in a developing country away from all that is familiar.
- Strength and Determination. Overcoming mental obstacles is part of daily life.
So, then, why is silver medal winning gymnast McKayla Maroney not impressed with Peace Corps Volunteers?
(Disclaimer: We admire the achievements of McKayla Maroney and don’t really know her opinion of Peace Corps Volunteers. This is meant in good fun, as she herself has embraced this meme. For an explanation of this silly Internet meme phenomenon, click here. Oh, and this blog is NOT produced by the U.S. Peace Corps, the federal agency! )
In 1961, the very first group of Peace Corps Volunteers boarded a plane to Ghana. Going into the unknown…that took real guts, right? But McKayla’s not impressed.
Peace Corps Volunteers adapt and integrate with host communities overseas. They become fluent in the local language and learn local customs. They even learn the local dances. But McKayla’s not impressed.
Peace Corps Education Volunteers team-teach or directly teach English, health, literacy, math, and science. They also create after-school programs, clubs, and camps for boys and girls to promote HIV/AIDS prevention and life skills. But McKayla’s not impressed.
Peace Corps Agriculture Volunteers work with small-scale farmers and families to increase food security and production and adapt to climate change while promoting environmental conservation practices. They introduce farmers to techniques that prevent soil erosion, reduce the use of harmful pesticides, and replenish the soil. But McKayla’s not impressed.
Peace Corps Volunteers promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and youth in development. It’s a global Peace Corps initiative. But McKayla’s not impressed.
Peace Corps Health Volunteers work at the grassroots level, where the need is most urgent and the impact can be the greatest. They focus on outreach, social and behavior change in public health, hygiene, water sanitation, and HIV/AIDS. But McKayla’s not impressed.
Awww, c’mon Kayla!! We think Peace Corps Volunteers do great work!
What do you think is most impressive about Peace Corps Volunteers?