Why you should journal during your Peace Corps Service

Your Peace Corps service will be a pivotal moment in your life.

Similar to other monumental moments, your Peace Corps service will have its ups and downs, and it’s highs and lows. Basically, there will be moments where you’re overjoyed with your service, and others where you think you’re losing your mind.

This is completely normal. We all go through it.

With such a roller coaster of emotions, good habits and mindfulness can help you avoid rash decision making and keep you grounded.

Easily the most popular habit among Peace Corps Volunteers is Journaling.

The benefits of journaling are pretty well documented. Journaling reduces stress, boosts your mood, keeps your mind sharp, and even amps up your immune system - fun fact!

More importantly, journaling during your Peace Corps service allows you the rare opportunity to scribe through challenging times and reflect on positive ones. You’ll get an aerial view of a life altering chapter that you can revisit time and time again.

Not to mention, Peace Corps has these little things called VRFs (Volunteer Reporting Forms) that are about as fun as a government agency acronym sounds. Having a journal to reflect on past projects, camps, and classes will make submitting you VRF much easier.

Keep an eye out for our VRF article coming soon.

Moleskin has one of the best journals we’ve come across. It has a heavy duty paper and classic look that will hold up throughout your service. Find it here!

If you need some help getting started with your journal, take a quick look at this BuzzFeed article for tips and tricks.


Congratulations on making it through this article and preparing yourself for your Peace Corps experience. You can find more information about Preparing for the Peace Corps, Peace Corps Discounts and Concerned Parents in our other articles. 

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