posh corps:

(volunteer lingo)
A Peace Corps country which is more developed.
An easy Peace Corps experience.

Posh Corps is a documentary that focuses on the lives of Peace Corps Volunteers in South Africa.

For fifty years, the US Peace Corps has been sending American volunteers to developing countries around the world to teach skills, and build relationships. As these countries develop, capitol cities become modern enclaves, while rural villages struggle with the cultural strain that accompanies rapid development.

Today's Peace Corps volunteer is serving at the intersection of modern influence and traditional values.

South Africa is one of the most extreme examples of this shifting Peace Corps experience. The struggles of Peace Corps Volunteers in South Africa provide a glimpse of the future for volunteers throughout the developing world. Their stories demonstrate, that the need for Peace Corps does not end when countries become more modern... in fact, the need becomes more pressing than ever.

Posh Corps is a documentary for anyone hoping to volunteer abroad, or for anyone who wants to know what volunteers experience in a rapidly changing world.

Why watch Posh Corps?

As I was preparing for my own Peace Corps service, I wanted to find out what it would be like, to be a Peace Corps volunteer. I found plenty of videos and articles about what volunteers do, about where they serve, about why Peace Corps is beneficial to one's career.

I found very little about what it feels like to be a volunteer, about the day to day struggle of being a volunteer, about the changing dynamic of the Peace Corps experience.

During my Peace Corps service, it became clear to me that serving is a country like South Africa, where the modern elements and cultural pressures are becoming ever more prevalent, is much more difficult than the romanticized Peace Corps experience.

I wanted to make a documentary about the volunteers who experience this modern/traditional dynamic. I knew that a documentary about Peace Corps in South Africa would likely be dismissed as not totally authentic, because South Africa is 'posh corps.'

I wanted to confront this dismissive idea head on, so I called the documentary Posh Corps.

After my service, I spent two years producing this documentary. I financed the production myself. I wanted it to be easily accessible to everyone interested in volunteer service abroad. I wanted to give prospective volunteers a glimpse of what it is like to serve abroad in a rapidly changing world.

In the coming decades, the experiences of Peace Corps South Africa volunteers will look more like the norm, than the exception. More volunteers will be struggling with rapid modernization, and all the cultural strain that accompanies it.

Alan Toth

Previous Screenings

November 20th 2014, Eugene, OR. Posh Corps played at a screening organized by West Cascades Peace Corps Association
November 7th - 14th 2014, Posh Corps was an official selection in the Oregon Underground Film Festival.\
November 6th 2014, San Jose, CA. Posh Corps Posh Corps was screened at Art Boutiki / SLG Publishing
September 27th 2014, Los Angeles CA. Posh Corps was screened by RPCV/LA.
Labor Day Weekend 2014, Twain Harte CA. Posh Corps was an official selection in the 2014 Twain Harte Film Festival
May 3 2014, Oakland CA. Posh Corps played at the New Parkway Theater at 2pm.
February 25 2014, San Fancisco. Posh Corps played at the Third-Goal Film Night
in San Francisco.

This production is not affiliated with the US Peace Corps or the US Government. The statements and opinions expressed herein are solely those of the individual speakers and do not constitute official statements or positions of the US Peace Corps, or US Government. The US Peace Corps has not approved, endorsed, or authorized this production or the use of the Peace Corps logo.

All materials copyright 2013/2014 Alan Toth, unless otherwise noted.