PCV Taylor Boggs

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Volunteer Profile:
Name: Taylor Boggs
Age: 24
From: Tampa, FL
BS public health from University of South Florida 
PC: Health sector
Fun Fact: I have ridiculously large arches in my feet 
Why did you join the PC?
To have an adventure and make a difference 

How did you come to the idea of joining the PC? 
It’s been a long time dream.  I wanted to ever since HS because a return volunteer came and talked in our school. It just sounded awesome. 

How does your previous job experience tie into what you’re doing with the PC? 
I was a server in a British pub. I think working in the service industry you become a close knit family. It’s really similar with how it is with us here. You don’t always get to pick your family but they’re there and support you even if you don’t always like each other. I worked in a high volume restaurant so I learned how to manage stress and take on a lot of work. 

So far is Nica living up to your expectations? 
I expected it to be hot, beautiful and different than any culture. I’ve only ever been exposed to American culture. Honestly, it’s everything I expected. 

Who is your inspiration for working as hard as you do? 
My best friend Brianna, she inspires me in everything. She works so hard teaching English in Costa Rica. She’s going to the Philippines with Peace Corps in July. 

Was PC your initial after college plans? Or did you think of getting your Masters? 
It wasn’t my initial plan.  I actually didn’t have a plan. I was going to work for a little bit and when my friend said “I’m thinking bout PC” I said me too! It was perfect because I didn’t want to get my masters right now. 

Given all you have accomplished so far, what do you think has been the most important to you/beneficial to your community? 
Back home, I think and I hope that I’ve inspired people to make a difference. I feel like a lot of people just stay in Tampa and when I told people the said, “I could never do that.” I hope I show you can do more than whatever you’re doing in Florida and not do anything more with your life. 

Is this the best time of your life?
Yes, heck yes. Nothing else, I wish I could be doing at all. I’m so happy and grateful to be where I am and with the people here. 

 If you could only own 10 things, what would they be? 
1. Movies. I love movies! 
2. Bathing suit 
3. Favorite jewelry 
4. Photos of friends and family 
5. Artwork that I’ve collected from various countries and friends 

What would you do if you could wear an invisibility cloak?
Go to so many different classes (dance, art,) and learn a whole bunch of stuff for free! 

What is one goal you have for your 2 year service?
I have a few but to feel like I’ve truly made a difference in at least one person’s life and to get pretty kick ass in Spanish! 

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