Sam Gray Boulder Colorado

Sam Gray Boulder Colorado: The Flatirons

Sam Gray of Boulder Colorado enjoys showing off his hometown to visitors. He hasn't been able to do that for a while, since he is currently in the midst of a two-year commitment to the Peace Corps. He is living and working in a remote town in the Dominican Republic.

But one of the things he enjoys showing off when he is home are the Flatirons, the large rock formations flanking the Green Mountains and overlooking the city. The Flatirons have become a symbol of Boulder, and their familiar outline has been adopted on many business logos around town. Sam Gray of Boulder Colorado says that no visit to the city is complete unless you take some time to admire them.

As he knows there are five prominent formations, and they are labeled Flatirons One through Five. But he says there are several smaller ones, too. They lure countless rock climbers who cannot resist the challenge of scaling their sheer cliffs. For less courageous souls, Sam Gray of Boulder says the area around the Flatirons are replete with hiking trails.

He says that there is a little mystery over how the Flatirons came to be named. Prior to 1900 they were known as the Chautauqua Slabs, and also as The Crags. There are two competing stories about how they came to be known as the Flatirons. Sam Gray of Boulder Colorado says that one story is that they were named because of their resemblance to old-fashioned irons. And the other is that they were named because of perceived resemblance to the Flatiron Building in New York, which was completed in 1902.

Sam Gray of Boulder Colorado doesn't have a particular preference for either legend, although he thinks they both make pretty good stories.

How to Join the Peace Corp

The Peace Corp is a great organization dedicated to helping other countries in need. About ninety percent of Volunteer positions require a four-year college education. While professional educations can help a candidate meet all requirements for administration, the Peace Corps additionally considers work, hobbies, and other volunteer experience that may align with what they are looking for.

If you have a specialized skill, there are some unique projects in the Peace Corps for which experts are mostly desired. This could be engineers and urban organizers in Mexico or college level instructors in Eastern Europe and China.

If you have a degree in liberal arts, An ideal path to being considered by the Peace Corps is to volunteer for 30 hours or to have coached or volunteered for at least 3 months. Volunteers with degrees in humanities and social sciences will most likely be placed as an English teacher or health education and community development. The more experience you have in these fields, the more focused your application will be.

Those with an associate's degree or no degree may still have the opportunity to apply since there are some projects that do not require a four-year degree. For those with no degree, you must have 3–5 years full-time work involvement in business, agriculture, construction and communications technology, development, or not-for-profit association.

Sam Gray of Boulder, Colorado applied and joined the Peace Corp and has recently completed the two-month training period as a new member. As an official Peace Corps volunteer, Sam wants to make a big, substantial and positive difference in people’s lives, and is working towards being a source of hope, inspiration and opportunity for people throughout the professional community. You can read more about Sam’s volunteering experience on his blog at

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