Life After Senegal
Mary returned from two years as a Peace Corps volunteer filled with questions. While in Senegal, she encountered and then overcame significant culture shock and learned about influence with and without formal authority. She found attitudes toward women more baffling and leading projects more frustrating than anticipated. Mary found that by comparing experiences between her own culture and the foreign one she had grown to appreciate, she understood both cultures better. She recognized that attitudes about gender in Senegal and America were remarkably similar in some ways while being radically different in others. She grasped how hard it can be to influence others when not in a position of authority. She also came to appreciate the power of reflection through lessons learned from this intercultural experience that might enable her to successfully navigate future multi-cultural situations in her professional life.