Life After PC

You've almost completed "the toughest job you'll ever love." Now what?

Getting home

A recently released app will allow you to skip USA airport custom lines for free. Definitely would be a time-saver on your flight back home. Available for Android and Apple (and only in certain airports).

            The Mobile Passport app (info)

Shipping all Your Accumulated Stuff Home

Amazing how much stuff you can accumulate in 27 months! But you want to do a bit of traveling before heading back to the US, so what do you do? Well, the Thai Post Office has an online calculator so you can figure out how much its going to cost -  and depending on the weight, there are a ton of options. You can use any box. you don't need to buy theirs. And the cheapest rate is "surface" which probably takes a few months. [Chris 125]

Thailand Post Weight Calculator

DOS Tips and Samples

Description of Service (DOS) TIP SHEET with Samples. Your DOS is basically your letter of recommendation for the work you have done for the past 27 months; so make sure it paints the picture you want it to

Office of Third Goal and Returned Services

Life After the Peace Corps: Where will you work after the Peace Corps? Where will you study? How will you find other RPCVs? Peace Corps helps you answer these and other important questions as you transition into life after service overseas.

  • The Virtual RPCV Career Center connects you with resources including the RPCV Career Link jobs board, online and in-person RPCV career events, and other free job search tips and services.
  • Returned Volunteers often find that sharing their Peace Corps stories with others helps them to transition home. Find ways to share your story (peacecorps.gov/thirdgoal) on the Peace Corps website.
  • Peace Corps Response offers you a path back to service through high-impact, short-term overseas assignments.
  • The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program provides you with financial assistance for graduate school programs.
  • Returned Volunteers can connect with the extensive Peace Corps community for support as they settle into life after the Peace Corps.

Contact the Peace Corps Office of Third Goal and Returned Volunteer Services at rvs@peacecorps.gov for help with these resources or any other questions that arise as you transition home.

Jobs after Peace Corps

You're finishing out Peace Corps service, and you've decided to go get "a real job," whatever that means. How should you go about doing that? We have some basics on the wiki, but by all means feel free to Google the following topics for more information as well.

Maintaining Thai Language Skills

After two years of learning one of the hardest languages to learn, it would be a shame to forget it. Unfortunately, if you don't use it, you lose it. Even if you've left Thailand, finding Thais in other places and finding online resources to practice with aren't as hard as you might think. As a bonus, the online resources might be even easier to use if you are now back in the USA with a faster internet connection.

Online Resources

Offline Resources/Tips

    • Many Wats in the United States offer free language sessions.
    • Adding Thai friends to your Facebook or Skype before leaving.
    • Watching Videos - Watch Thai videos on YouTube, Vimeo, and many other video websites.
    • Don't leave Thailand

Other Going Back Home Issues

Repatriation Blues - Expats struggle with the dark side of coming home WSJ 2015