Hey guys, I'm a future Peace Corps applicant currently working on finishing my Bachelor of Social Work with roughly two years to go.
My question is about what I can do during my two years left to really work on polishing my application? (also, when is the best time to start applying? Do I need to wait until actual graduation, or can I apply the year before graduation?-as long as I'm confident I will be graduating, haha).
I have gotten some awesome volunteer experience working directly with foster children as well as with an organization that worked with women who were victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. I generally worked in an office setting, but I did have some hands-on experience in a social work setting as well. I'll be doing my practicum and internships while finishing up my degree as well, so there is more to come...(I'm pretty excited!). I also worked as an afterschool and preschool teacher for 4.5 years with children ages 4-12, so LOTS of hands-on experience there (I really miss that 'job'!).
My hope is to do my service in the field of Community and Youth Development, BUT I was also considering spending one of my summers out of school doing my TEFL so that I may possibly qualify to teach English with the Peace Corps as well...is getting my TEFL necessary? Is it seen as an enhancement to my application?
I'd love any advice from RPCV's and current PCV's! I'm so excited for my possible future with Peace Corps, I have been dreaming of serving since I was 18! I'll be 28 when I graduate- crazy to think my dream may finally become a reality 10 years later!
Thank you in advance to anyone who responds! It is greatly appreciated