1. You don’t need a credential to teach with Peace Corps, they will provide you with the required training.
2. Desirable qualities on an application: strong community volunteerism, outside interests/skills, good grades doesn’t hurt! Commitment is key, so if you’ve been floundering with jobs/extracurriculars, that might look bad.
3. Safety is a tough one. In some ways, China felt safer than my city in America. As a woman, I felt safer walking around alone. Other factors were always on my mind, however. I was terrified of earthquakes the entire time (whether this is a valid fear is up for debate, but after being taken to so many earthquake memorial museums and seeing the carnage, I was freaked). I also feared where health was concerned—small things become big ordeals quickly, and food safety is subpar. But that’s Peace Corps right now, and it’s a decision only you can make for yourself.
4. Many fellow volunteers were fresh outta college, babes in the woods and barely older than their new students. So go for it!
5. Thanks for your questions, and good luck in your future, climbing-the-well!