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Open Peace Corps Response to public and cancel 27-month aimless volunteer stints

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Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer
Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer

I worked at Peace Corps full-time for more than a year

Pros

Great cultural & language immersion

Cons

Medical staff does not care about you; Peace Corps is solely concerned with their own reputation and image; Staff does not support volunteers; Medical issues back in the states are a much bigger issue -- Staff in DC is not timely and they make it really difficult to get reimbursed or even get in to see a specialist

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Assign jobs before volunteers are deployed (NOT once they are in-country); Hire better & knowledgable medical staff; Cancel Peace Corps and open Response type work to the public

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook

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    Disorganization - Completely lost its way

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Other Volunteers are committed. The integration process of placement with host families was excellent.

    Cons

    Highest percentage of political appointees of ANY agency in Washington DC.
    A female volunteer is more likely to be sexually assaulted while in service than a US soldier was to be killed or wounded in Iraq.
    35% early termination rate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire real managers with NGO experience. Stop appointing friends with no meaningful international exposure/experience. Re-evaluate the bottom-up approach - it's outdated and ineffective.

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    Good for you.

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    Current Employee - Volunteer  in  Baku (Azerbaijan)
    Current Employee - Volunteer in Baku (Azerbaijan)

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You can some killer cross-cultural, real-world experience. This can either be an amazing life-transforming experience where you learn to honestly respect people, or a vacation where they learn to hate Americans. It is a difficult situation, but if you can muster the strength, and the self-reflection to understand, and be understood by the people you serve it is well worth it. Your choice.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy. If ever bureaucracy killed productivity, it's here. Development is grassroots, you should report down, not up. Also, half of the other people in your position are spoiled upper-middle-class, green-outta-college, punks who have no direction and don't mind pissing on the local culture with their sense of social superiority. (Finding the willpower not to deck them might be a pro.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the reporting, instead promote greater language learning. Buy some decent language books, give a few courses in linguistics and anthropology - and provide some academic literature that is up-to-date and relevant.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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