Living in a grass-and-dung hut with no electricity is how Caitlin Robinson pictured her Peace Corps experience in her mind.
Replace the hut with an apartment, candles with electricity and throw in running water and the Internet for good measure, and this is how the Huntington Beach resident lives in southwestern Bulgaria in a village with a population of 500.
Robinson is about half way through a 27-month stint in the Peace Corps. The Cal State Long Beach graduate wanted to travel, work overseas and decide on whether to go to graduate school in Arizona or Alaska, but mostly, the 25-year-old wanted to experience a different culture "from the inside out."
"I've had the opportunity to travel all over the world, but traveling sporadically just isn't enough to really experience a culture," she said in an e-mail from Bulgaria. Robinson said she isn't allowed to disclose her village's name.
The Huntington Beach resident had beeing talking about volunteering for sometime, so it wasn't a suprise when she decided to join, said mother Pamela Robinson. Her daughter wanting to join was a weird coincidence though. When Pamela Robinson was Caitlin's age, she had considered joining the Peace Corps., but never mentioned the fact to Caitlin, she said.