In honor of the National Conference on Volunteering and Service, the world’s largest gathering of volunteers, we challenged returned Volunteers to sum up their service experience in just six words and share on Twitter and Instagram.
#MyServiceIn6 submissions were funny, inspiring and genuinely moving. The word cloud highlights the most frequently used words.
"Being in the Peace Corps was one of the best things I could have done to prepare for becoming an entrepreneur, especially a social entrepreneur. Successful Volunteers are, in many ways, entrepreneurs: You learn how to do a lot with few resources, how to jump into a vague situation and create change, how to recognize opportunities, and how to build something out of nothing. I learned firsthand how powerful business can be in creating social change for women."
- Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Siiri Morley, executive director of Prosperity Catalyst, who launched a program in Haiti that provides direct support, mentorship, and training to women as they start candle-making businesses
In September 2006, I left my home of Tucson, Arizona for what would be the most important two years of my life. After 3 days in Philadelphia, I was on a plane to Banjul, The Gambia, a country I had never heard of 10 weeks ago.
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Botswana is known for its basket weaving, ostrich egg shell jewelery, and hopefully soon, its sculpture. This was created at the Thapong Visual Arts Centre in the capital city, Gaborone. - Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Alexis Kanter
Check out this lovely photoblog about one RPCV’s experience in Botswana.