The ten commandments for Peace Corps volunteers

1. Thou shall honor thy host country’s culture and food

2. Thou shall not brag about thy accomplishments at site

3. Thou shall not complain about another volunteer’s cooking

4. Thou shall downplay thy host country language proficiency when speaking with a host country national or when visiting another volunteer’s site (especially if you are more proficient than said volunteer)

5. Thou shall not be squeamish about lurid discussions of bowel movements

6. Thou shall not look another expatriate in the eye when passing in a crowded public arena

7. Thou shall definitely not give another expatriate a nod of recognition or smile of eager solidarity

8. Though shall not whine about being bored

9. Thou shall not pass up the opportunity to acquire anything free

10. Thou shall not leave any part of thy mosquito net untucked

We stand out just a bit when we walk through a Zambian market

We stand out just a bit when we walk through a Zambian market

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