Pre-Service Training (PST)

August – November 2014

Peace Corps required us to complete 3 months of Pre-Service Training (PST) before officially swearing in as Peace Corps Volunteers. PST was an intensive, in-country training that focused on language competency, technical skills, and cultural knowledge for our first 12 weeks in Nicaragua.

Each country runs it’s PST a little differently and in Nicaragua trainees live with host families in small communities. Even though we are a couple, during this time we lived apart with separate host families to help our language acquisition. Here are a few of our reflections from those 3 unforgettable months:

  • Readiness to Serve: A Peace Corps Essay – one of our official tasks to prove we were indeed ready to be volunteers was to answer various questions in the form of a formal essay.  Emily wrapped a few stories into hers, too.

To find all of our stories and experiences from this intense period of Pre-Service Training (PST), click here.


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