Before you proceed, have you considered Joining Naija Corps Network?
It is no more news and common phenomenon that lots of prospective corp members detest the idea of serving in villages or remote areas, so they do everything to serve in cities that they believe the package comes with lots of opportunities.
Everyone is entitled to his/her opinion and choice of where to serve, But do you know that there are some advantages attached to serving in the rural areas as well, though in some cases might even outweigh benefits enjoyed in the urban areas? Let us go through it one by one.
Business setup Opportunities
There are tons and tons of businesses you can establish in the rural area, I mean businesses you can steal the idea from the city and will make you a champion in the rural area. However, you can also reverse the idea and venture into sourcing commodities that are needed in the cities from the rural area. The food items sold in the cities are grown in the villages, household consumables like pure honey, red oil, and the likes are high selling items that can be purchased at cheaper rates in the rural areas. This is a viable business opportunity for business-oriented corps members.
Serene and Peaceful environment
It is obvious that Rural areas are peaceful and quiet, which is one thing you found wanting in the cities. This is a great benefit to many corps members who would like to brainstorm on the next plan for their lives, take care of important issues, and plan their lives and future.
Low Cost of Living
The little alawi that is paid to you is one feature you cant play with during the service year, so managing it is one priority you cant joke with. However, living costs are relatively cheap for corps members serving in rural areas compared to their counterparts in the cities. Foods and other basic commodities are cheap; the cost of transportation is low plus there are sometimes free accommodations arrangements for some corps members. Corps members in this category can easily save their monthly stipends and have something to fall back on after their service year, only if they are smart and wise.
High Respect and Regards from the communities
Every Corps member is held in high regard in the rural areas because a lot of the folks in the rural areas see graduates as people who have accomplished something in life and also as role models for their upcoming wards. This is an erroneous belief of course but the villagers nonetheless take the welfare of corpers seriously and shower them with gifts regularly.