I saw this on the internet....
editted to add: It turns out this list was originally posted by our own Forum member "PeruThirdYear"
Advantages of “older” Peace Corps Volunteers
1- “Real World” business skills and experience – we bring years of special abilities, skills and expertise to the table.
2- Accumulated life experience and people skills – older Volunteers have worked with hundreds of co-workers, customers and governments. This translates into an ability to rapidly assess situations and solve problems.
3- Age = Respect. This simple equation is very true in many of the developing countries, where Peace Corps works. Younger Volunteers, especially the women, have a much harder time earning that respect, which comes automatically to the “older” Volunteer.
4- Ability to focus on tasks at hand. There is not the worry about “What will I do after Peace Corps?”, which can be distracting. No time studying for GRE and making grad school applications.
5- Confidence – Older Volunteers know their strengths and weaknesses – they’ve been fire tested. Many talented younger Volunteers are just discovering how good they are.
6- Independence – More experience with being alone or apart from a group makes it easier to adapt to the “isolation” of living as the only Gringo in a rural setting.
7- Contacts & Friends – We know a lot of other folks with accumulated knowledge and experience to call upon for support. Friends are older, well-established. Handy for funding a PCPP project.
8- Lack of dependence on electronic media. We grew up in a world before the iPod, iPad and Kindle. This frees us and enables us to interact more freely with the Communities which we serve. We can entertain ourselves.
9- No need to “Party Hardy”. We got over the College / Fraternity culture of heavy drinking years ago. No wasted “mornings after”.
10- Older Volunteers need not worry about age - related illness. The Peace Corps Medical Office provides the best Medical Services you will ever have, including all medications and pharmacy needs.
11- Older Volunteers fit-in just fine with the 20-something PCV majority. You can learn about their “culture” and share yours.
12- This may be an opportunity to spend some Very High Quality time with your spouse. Married couples are some of the best Volunteers. Peace Corps can accommodate you.
13- Serving the people of the World with the Peace Corps is far more satisfying, educational and fun than “retirement”.
14- All the usual benefits of Peace Corps service still apply : A chance to learn a new language and experience a foreign culture “up close and personal”, and foreign travel. This may mean a step outside your “Comfort Zone”, but it will also provide access to the “Adventure Zone” and a chance to improve “Quality of Life” and promote friendship and World Peace in a real and direct way.
Agree or disagree?