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A Day in the Life: PST Edition

Oct 10, 2018 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

Peace Corps Pre-Service Training is two to three months (depending on your post) of intense, long days. I learned a lot during my PST through language classes, practicum, and technical training sessions. Here’s a day in my life as a trainee:


7:15am — Alarm goes off. Hit snooze.

7:30am — Alarm goes off again. Desire to hit snooze this time too, but get out of bed anyway.

7:45am — Get ready for work

8:00am — Eat breakfast after host mom knocks on the door and tells me that breakfast is ready

8:20am — Finish breakfast, put some lunch* in a to-go container, and brush teeth
*I usually made a large amount of stir-fry or pasta and took it for lunch every day

8:30am — Leave the apartment and walk to the trolley bus stop

8:50am — Arrive at my language teacher’s trolley bus stop, and walk five minutes to her apartment

9:00am-11:00am — Language class part 1

11:00am-11:15am — Break (so basically eating cookies and having tea)

11:15am-1:15pm — Language class part 2


1:15am-2:15pm — Lunch

2:30pm-3:30pm — Commute to the animal shelter where we have our practicum once per week

3:30pm-5:30pm — Work with animal shelter on marketing, staff development, or strategic planning for their organization


5:30pm-6:15pm — Some of our group members lead English club for the staff at the animal shelter

6:15pm-6:45pm — Debrief with our technical trainer about the work session at the animal shelter

6:45pm-7pm — Walk to trolley bus stop and wait for next one we can take to get home


8pm — Arrive to my stop and walk to the apartment

8:15pm-9:00pm — Dinner with host mom and sister, where we chat about our days and I am fed some of the best food I’ve ever eaten

9:00pm-10:00pm — Work on things for the next day, such as language homework, English club planning; talk to my mom or friends on the phone

10:00pm-11:00pm — Watch Netflix or read to relax for bed

11:15pm — Sleep (ideally) since I’ll get up and do this schedule all over again!

yellow Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Zhytomyr, Ukraine
I often passed this church in my training city

This was my typical schedule for the work week, but we did get off early on Fridays to jump-start the weekend. Please feel free to reach out or comment if you have questions about PST!


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