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Former DPT overseas

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Former Employee - Director of Programming & Training (Department) in Washington, DC
Former Employee - Director of Programming & Training (Department) in Washington, DC

I worked at Peace Corps full-time (more than 5 years)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Best job within the government (granted, many jobs can't even compare) - and you are close to your 'beneficiaries' in the field. Programming & Training is the heart and soul of getting trainees ready for service, and in keeping them supported while they are PCVs. Very rewarding work.

Cons

PCHQ is a growing bureaucracy, and your work life will be increasingly affected by new rules and regs, more reports and changing initiatives. A lot also depends on your country director, as each has leeway to define the job and define the atmosphere at post.

Advice to Management

Keep growth of PCHQ in check. More money to support the field, not add new offices in Washington.

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  1. 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  2. 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Create more enduring support structures for volunteers

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