World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.

The Dalai Lama (via lazyyogi)

Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t need a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - February 4, 1968

No matter where you are, people are people, and no matter where you are, you find a way to fit in.

Peace Corps Volunteer Lauren Falk

[Students] might not be able to talk to their parents or teachers, but because I’m an outsider, I’m approachable for a topic that might otherwise cause discomfort.

Peace Corps Volunteer Kaleb Brown, Ukraine

I realize now that serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer is unlike any volunteer or life experience I have had prior, and may ever have again. The Peace Corps experience is about human connection, about giving a community hope, teaching them new skills and above all, helping them to help themselves.

It is not about bringing in aid, dropping it off and waiting until they need it again. It is about working one-on-one or little by little to reach a goal. It is about taking time. The Peace Corps experience is about truly immersing yourself in another culture to figure out together what is right for them.

Peace Corps Volunteer Michelle Aguilar