Peace Corps

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KevinL
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Peace Corps

Post by KevinL » Fri Feb 26, 2010 8:22 pm

Before I got interested in Buddhism, I was always very passionate about human beings and helping those in need. I guess that's one of the reasons why I began looking into the peace corps. I was just curious as to what the people on this forum thought of that kind of thing. Or is there another way to do the same thing but without going through the government?

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Re: Peace Corps

Post by Cittasanto » Fri Feb 26, 2010 11:18 pm

Whats the peace corps?
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Re: Peace Corps

Post by KevinL » Fri Feb 26, 2010 11:27 pm

Sorry I should explain. I keep forgetting that a lot of the users on this forum are from the UK or elsewhere.

The Peace Corps basically is a US government sponsored group that goes to third world countries and helps out there in a variety of different ways, from teaching kids english to construction and social work for troubled children.

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Re: Peace Corps

Post by tiltbillings » Fri Feb 26, 2010 11:28 pm

Manapa wrote:Whats the peace corps?
It is one of JFK's better ideas:

http://www.peacecorps.gov/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
>> Do you see a man wise [enlightened/ariya] in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.<< -- Proverbs 26:12

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Re: Peace Corps

Post by Bankei » Sat Feb 27, 2010 9:28 am

Its a good idea to live and work in a developing country. But probably best not to do it in a government organisation like this.
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Re: Peace Corps

Post by Kim OHara » Fri Mar 05, 2010 5:36 am

Can you give us some ideas about alternatives, Bankei (or anyone else)?
Links?

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Re: Peace Corps

Post by pilgrim » Fri Mar 05, 2010 6:58 am

Many of the organisations on this page would welcome volunteers
http://www.parami.org/duta/buddhistwelfare.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: Peace Corps

Post by Kim OHara » Fri Mar 05, 2010 11:51 pm

Thanks, Pilgrim.
:namaste:
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Re: Peace Corps

Post by KevinL » Sat Mar 06, 2010 3:28 am

Thanks for the link pilgrim. I contacted a few of those organizations. We'll see if they're accepting volunteers.

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Re: Peace Corps

Post by Bodhisurfer » Sat Mar 06, 2010 7:25 am

pilgrim wrote:Many of the organisations on this page would welcome volunteers
http://www.parami.org/duta/buddhistwelfare.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
thanks very much for this Pilgrim. I had been looking to make some donations towards some Buddhist welfare organisations.
Bhante Wimala's work seems particularly inspiring to me. :anjali:
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Re: Peace Corps

Post by jcsuperstar » Sat Mar 06, 2010 7:33 am

a few of the americans who ordained in thailand got there via peace corps (jack kornfield, santikaro etc) there's worse you could do than join the peace corps.
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