Tuesday, February 23, 2010

On Loneliness

“If you find yourself struggling with loneliness, you’re not alone. And yet you are alone. So very alone. “

One of the biggest challenges facing Peace Corps Volunteers across the world, and the biggest challenge for those PCVs serving in Morocco, is loneliness. Living as the only foreigner, in a small town, hours away from the nearest friend is tough. Furthermore, even as you try to integrate into your community, overcoming language and cultural barriers, the fact of the matter is that, while welcomed by your community, you will never be a full member of it. Your stay is only temporary. You are not expected to marry, settle down, have children or do the countless other things that are expected of full-fledged community members. Because of this omnipresent social semi-isolation loneliness is the most common stressor experienced by PCVs. 

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