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A build-your-own approach to development--
[What you get back] = [What you put in] x [Luck]

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Former Employee - Teacher and Youth Advocate
Former Employee - Teacher and Youth Advocate

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

Pros

Infinite possibilities for realistic, genuinely helpful, skill-building projects
Free, (pre/un)justified credibility with the host country nationals
Automatic savings provided you don't blow more than $6,000 on vacations
Actual development experience and professional mentors/contacts
A foot in the door for future international or development work
Maybe genuinely doing a good thing (maybe)
Real cross-cultural and foreign language experience

Cons

Aimless if you don't take initiative to invent projects
Possible feelings of inadequacy if you aren't busy
Detachment from home and past life
A blow to your health
Cultural/language frustrations
Totally useless and/or greedy counterparts

^many of these can be reduced with earnest efforts to be a good volunteer

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Check in on your volunteers more often (maybe with formal phone interviews to catch up on their work and get a general health/wellness report). It would give further motivation to be doing a project (which would give more job satisfaction to the volunteer) and it could help solve cultural, logistical or even political problems that the volunteer might not know are solvable.

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    Meaningful work in unstructured environment

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    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great people, make a difference, learn about yourself. Experience working abroad for USgov agency is good practice for other jobs with flaky management and unpredictable environments

    Cons

    Management cycle regularly so there is little institutional memory. Volunteers are expected to fend for themselves and solve their own problems, sometimes in very trying or challenging situations. Little funding for capital/documentation/overhead, so things are more difficult than they should be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more enduring support structures for volunteers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Amazing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Great opportunity to build skills and experience

    Cons

    You're going to get sick at some point. It won't be fun.

    Recommends
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