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#1 Old 02-23-2009, 07:30 AM
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I am considering going into the Peace Corps when I graduate from college, which will be a year from this May. I am currently in the "becoming vegan" stage, and am almost there. Would it be possible to be vegan in the Peace Corps, or should I just throw that idea out before I even get my hopes up?



Are there any vegans out there who have experience in the PC?
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#2 Old 02-23-2009, 09:13 AM
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I have a friend who was vegetarian and when joining up, knew that due to lack of access to alternatives from ANY source as well as the cultural goals of the program, she would have to stop being vegetarian. She now eats fish and sea creatures.

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#3 Old 02-23-2009, 09:37 AM
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I too am interested in joining the peacecorps. When I asked a recruiter about being vegetarian, she said it can usually be accommodated, but that it also depends on where you are stationed.
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#4 Old 02-23-2009, 09:43 AM
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Yeah, from what I've read about the peace corps, it's very difficult and near impossible to maintain a strict diet...
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I would imagine being vegetarian is relatively doable, depending on where you choose to go. Being vegan however I think could be potentially really hard, if not impossible.
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I wouldnt join the PC, but that's just me.



From my understanding, it all depends on your location at where you're stationed. Sometimes its easy to have access to foods you'll be able to cook for yourself. But if you're traveling or in active duty, it'll be tough.
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#7 Old 03-01-2009, 11:30 AM
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I have thought a lot about that as well because I would like to join the Peace Corps post university.

I think (as many others have said) it depends on a lot of factors. I think that in many places some dairy products that we eat aren't even integrated into the diet. You can also consider that in many places the animals are treated better. Your milk wont be coming from a cow being treated with hormones and your eggs wont be coming from chickens in a tiny cage.

The meat..that is a different story. I had a vegetarian friend who did opt to eat chicken and started to eat it before hand so that her body was ready for it...but I feel like I remember her telling me that she was able to maintain her vegetarian diet fairly well. (She was in Central America.)

On the flip side...I had a friend in Africa who (for a Christmas celebration) was sat down to watch the slaughtering of a cow. So ask your recruiter about things/customs in the places you may end up in.



You could also contact Humboldt State University. They have a Peace Corps program (I am not sure what they call it.) But Humboldt has a large vegan population (from what I have heard.) Maybe someone there may have some more insight on the issue.



Keep us posted. I would love to know whatever you find out!
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