I received a lot of good comments regarding my dream of joining the Peace Corps but I also got some e-mails that in summation want me to rethink my dream of venturing overseas to help out because a number of Americans needed as much help as those in third world countries.
There is a lot of truth in that. Some Americans in inner cities are as poor and hopeless as the people of the third world. I am aware of it because I've been there and I met a lot these people.
I was helping the poor, cold, and downtrodden people of North America for a number of years. I was once a social worker, a case manager, a child welfare investigator, and a mental health counselor. That is all I wanted to do when I got out of college. I made it my mission to give back the blessings I received by serving people. I enjoyed my social services jobs but I needed to venture out of the system and explore other career possibilities. I am still helping in every little way I can though I am no longer a public servant.
The difference between living in the United States and a third world country is that the US has the welfare/social services system to help its residents. There are a lot of national, state, and local agencies: private and public, which owe their existence to serving people's needs. Most third world countries do not have social services system. They rely on international organizations such as the Peace Corps, Red Cross, and United Nations to help them out. Most international organizations provide tangibles such as food, clothing, and money but the Peace Corps provides intangibles such as expertise, education, opportunities, and skills/vocational training. I like to think of their paradigm as "not giving fish but teaching one to fish."
Joining the Peace Corps will be my reward. It is something I can do when I retire from work. Something I will enjoy tremendously because I love helping empower people through education and awareness.
In conclusion, I can notplease everybody so I might as well do what I want!