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"Disorganization - Completely lost its way"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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 Management

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 Re-evaluate the bottom-up approach - it's outdated and ineffective.

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  1. "Nowhere I'd Rather Be"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The Peace Corps experience is unlike any other. You will learn so much about yourself, you will learn to see the world to other eyes, and you will work and struggle through projects you really care about. You can shape the experience to focus on whatever moves you in your community, and the network of in-country and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers is an incredible lifelong asset.
    Also, at least in my country, the living stipend is definitely sufficient get through each month.

    Cons

    PC Washington and even our Country Headquarters can sometimes be out of touch with reality on the ground. There is also an undeniable "parenting" aspect that drives some Volunteers mad.

    Advice to Management

    Volunteers need a little more freedom when it comes to reasonable travel... especially on weekends. I suggest allowing one weekend a month for travel without vacation days.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "A marathon you didn't train for"

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    Former Employee - Volunteer
    Former Employee - Volunteer
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Pros were definitely being able to create something from nothing or very limited resources. Projects you'd need tons of forms and authorizations in the US, you can easily do in Peace Corps. Your experience is what you make it. Just your presence is so powerful and life changing for the locals you surround yourself with. The doctors and medical care/staff were incredible. There's a really good network of universities for volunteers looking for discounts/waivers for grad school when they return to the US.

    Cons

    If you are ambitious, you can find yourself surrounded by apathy - both among other volunteers and also among the host country nationals. You will most likely be the center of attention, good or bad, and you can never really escape it. Developing countries are as a rule, much, much, much more conservative, so any deviation from the societal norms are frowned upon. While some Peace Corps countries have well-established support networks, I found other volunteers and staff to be unsupportive and in some ways bigoted. You definitely are constantly re-inventing the wheel. US staff rotates every 5 years and generally volunteers every 27 months, so projects are left in the dust and ideas forgotten. With inflation, the living allowance became inadequate to cover the living costs. As a volunteer, be prepared to not only be discriminated against by the locals, but also by the other expats. They view Peace Corps volunteers at the very bottom of the totem pole,but don't think twice to use Peace Corps Volunteers' connections.

    Advice to Management

    So many countries have good ideas, there should be better relationships between peace corps countries and idea sharing. The five year rule should be abolished or at least limited to fewer positions and instead a protection umbrella put in place for volunteers. All staff should be reminded that they are there for the volunteers, not the other way around. Volunteers should not be living below the country's standards.

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