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I have recently accepted a position as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador and will be leaving in early 2012. One of the Peace Corps policies for Ecuador is that volunteers may not have dreadlocks. They say that Ecuadorians associate dreadlocks very strongly with illegal drug use. Since I have had dreadlocks for almost 3 years and take pride in keeping them clean and orderly, I am curious whether I would experience the kind of stereotyping that the Peace Corps expects for anyone with dreadlocks. Any thoughts?

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    They're the ones with the experience of the country, they have those rules for a reason.
    I guess you have to decide what's more important to you: dreadlocks or working for the Peace Corps. Choose one. over 6 years ago

    Answered by Lucky via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    The information you have is not correct, but rules are rules. about 6 years ago

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    I was wondering if there's any way to get in contact with the person who asked this question? I wanted to know how your situation turned out. I am currently nominated for PC in Central/South America with an early 2013 departure and I have had my locks for almost two years now. I'd rather not cut them off, but I can't say I wouldn't if it came down to it. I wanted to know what your experience has been. I have heard of one volunteer in Africa (Niger, I believe?) that had to cut off his locks, and grew them back while he was serving. Email askenned@gmail.com if you can shed any light on this topic. :) almost 6 years ago

    Answered by Aja via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    I spent 5 months in Ecuador and I have seen one person with dreadlocks. And he was a tourist. Maybe this shows the ecuadorian opinion best? over 5 years ago

    Answered by Eva P via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    If you went to Montanita or some of the other surfing towns along the coast you would most certainly see more than just a tourist with dreadlocks. almost 5 years ago

    Answered by Surfernomad via Site_iconWorldNomads.com

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