Get ready to hate the . (for a bit, anyway)
Peace Corps volunteers spend hours daydreaming of fast food, air-conditioning/central heat and the chance to hang out with their loved ones. But actually returning home is a different story altogether. People will complain about food quality, apartment space, cable service and other ‘problems’ that seem trivial compared to what you’ve seen during your service. Also, prepare to be hit with a barrage of questions that seem thoughtful and worldly to the inquirer — but come across as utterly idiotic and/or blatantly racist to you. And believe it or not, you may suffer from ‘culture shock’ when you step off that plane at your home airport, even though your surroundings aren’t exactly strange or unusual. Any former . will tell you that all these feelings are perfectly normal, and yes, they will eventually pass. The trick is biting your tongue and not scoffing at innocent remarks; that’s just condescending, and nobody likes a know-it-all. But if someone makes a truly ignorant comment, feel free to call them out and embarrass them with all your international expertise.