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Voices from the Peace CorpsFifty Years of Kentucky Volunteers$
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Angene Wilson and Jack Wilson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813129754

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813129754.001.0001

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Coming Home

Coming Home

(p.247) Chapter 9 Coming Home
Voices from the Peace Corps

Angene Wilson

Jack Wilson

University Press of Kentucky

Volunteers often experience supermarket shock upon returning home. For some volunteers, tropical fruit were able to be bought for pennies in places such as the Philippines and Ecuador. Another shock is how, in the US, a wide variety of products seemed extravagant. Other shocks that require adjustment involved the perception of time. Peace Corps volunteers usually encounter several challenges in terms of readjustment as they return home from the service. Although they receive an allowance for readjustment, as well as some assistance in terms of job-hunting, some people would often have a difficult time in relating to their experience as the volunteers coming home as different people. However, before being able to readjust, returning volunteers usually undergo reverse culture shock, and they have to be able to find ways of integrating what they've learned to their daily lives.

Keywords:   supermarket shock, time perception, readjustment, readjustment allowance, reverse culture shock

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