Patience and flexibility are important attributes of successful Peace Corps Volunteers.


The following quotation is from Carl Jung's "Memorys, Dreams, Reflections", the Kenya and Uganda section of the Travel Chapter. Jung traveled through Kenya and Uganda in 1925.

"By the Uganda railroad, which was then being built, we traveled to its provisional terminus, Station Sigistifour (sixty-four). The boys unloaded our quantities of equipment. I sat down on a chop box, a crate containing provisions, each one a man's headload, and lit a pipe, meditating on the fact that here we had, as it were, reached the edge of the oikumene, the inhabited earth, from which trails stretched endlessly over the continent. After a while an elderly Englishman, obviously a squatter, joined me, sat down, and likewise took out a pipe. He asked where I was going. When I outlined our various destinations, he asked "Is this the first time you have been to Africa? I have been here forty years."

"Yes," I told him. "At least in this part of Africa."

"Then may I give you a piece of advice? You know, mister, this here country is not man's country, it's God's country. So if anything should happen, just sit down and don't worry."


And a quotation from Michael McQuestion, RPCV Philippines '74-'77

"My decision to join PC was in some part influenced by a theologian, John Dunne, whose courses I had taken as an undergraduate. He liked to say that in life one can pursue certainty or understanding. Most opt for the first course, strategizing to conform to expectations, to follow predictable career paths, to maximize wealth, etc.. The few who choose the second route undertake journeys of great discovery - of the world's many possibilities, of themselves and of their place in that enlarged world.

"Let ... events occur as if they are being set up by unseen forces.

"I remember saying to the trainers, 'I'd go anywhere, anytime and do anything'. You will discover that people everywhere are intrinsically good and will care for you. By letting go of your (innate) need for certainty and embracing the unknown you will avoid frustrations and become a fuller person in the process. And, you will accomplish small, practical things that will be forever appreciated by those with whom you share your journey."


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