If you haven’t thought about it yet, let me remind you of a sweet PC fact: Nobody joins Peace Corps to make money. Actually, I think it is against the rules...
Anyway, even though we are not allowed to make any cash, we are entitled to a living allowance that provides us with enough $ to live a volunteer-esq lifestyle (how’s that for a mental picture?).
But how does PC figure the amount of that living allowance? Well, for us in Az, this past month was Living Allowance Survey month. It’s that fun time when every PCV in Az spends 30 days keeping track of their purchases and the related costs.
As I am still living with a host family, my survey came out a bit different than PCVs living on their own, but the point is the same - to keep us PCVs in enough $ to live a safe and modest lifestyle.