why transition coaching

Peace Corps Candidates

You got your assignment!

We’re here for whatever comes up.

You’ve been eating, sleeping, and breathing Peace Corps. What will you eat? Where will you live? What should you pack?! Who will you meet? 

The truth is, every Peace Corps experience is completely unique except for two things:

1. Peace Corps will irreversibly change you in a before-and-after way.

2. The hardest part of Peace Corps is coming home.

That second one is a little surprising, right? All you’ve been thinking is how hard it will be to leave. Isn’t coming home the whew-I-did-it moment? Yet the overwhelming majority of returned volunteers agree.  The toughest job they never loved was reintegration into the USA

Why coming home is so hard

Peace Corps is super supportive before and during your service. When service ends, the support mostly ends as well. It can be pretty abrupt and jarring.

You’ll spend the next 2 years doing without basic services, figuring things out on your own, pushing through adversity, and seeing a lot of powerful stuff firsthand. In the meantime, your friends and family will be earning degrees, getting jobs, and buying houses. Going home will make it apparent how different you’ve become from your loved ones. It may suddenly feel difficult to connect with the people who knew you so well before.

 

On top of all this is the loss of self-sufficiency. You’ll cope with the challenges of Peace Corps by focusing on what you can do alone–hauling your own water, growing your own food, and traveling with your own two feet. Going home, you’ll suddenly find yourself relying on family and looking for work. The luxuries of air conditioners, microwaves, and vacuums will seem too easy. Without a plan, there’s nowhere to focus your energy. And you’re supposed to be feeling at home? 

Be prepared

Peace Corps brings new perspectives and, almost inevitably, a desire for something different out of life back in the USA. But what?

 

It’s tempting to put off this daunting question. A lot of volunteers plan to go home, take a break, and then start thinking about what they’ll do next. Of course, that makes as much sense as waiting until summer to start thinking about a summer job or waiting until graduation day to start thinking about college. It rarely goes well.

 

Not to mention that 11% of volunteers do not serve for a full two years. This can be due to resignation, a program interruption, a medical issue, or administrative separation. Regardless, it is always unexpected. If this happens to you, you’ll want all the help you can get settling back into work and life in the USA. 

 

That’s where we come in

 

We are proud to be the only organization to offer transition coaching to Peace Corps affiliates.

 

Our certified coach is an returned volunteer who can really understand your experiences.  She’ll give you advice on grad school, jobs, travel, insurance, and finances. And no need to wait until you’re home–you can get in touch from anywhere in the world.

 

Coming home with a focus gives you that same sense of purpose that has driven you forward in Peace Corps. You’ll be able to really enjoy your time with family and friends knowing that you’re set up to leverage your new skills and experience in a big, awesome way. 

“Through our initial interview and personality assessments, Meg really took the time to get to know me and what drives me. This shaped all of our subsequent work, and helped me better define what I hope to get out of my career in the short and long term.” -Morgan, Guinea

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