Dynamic atmosphere encouraging self-starters to accomplish their most in two years
Health Promoter (Former Employee) – Agallpampa, La Libertad, Peru – October 13, 2013
My days really haven't been typical during my Peace Corps service. Every day I wake up at 6 in the morning with the roosters, cook my breakfast before leaving the house in order to do various activities. Depending on the day I could be teaching an English or sexual education class at the school; teaching educative sessions on nutrition or childhood stimulation; preparing or planting a field by hand; discussing the possible sicknesses that someone's animals could have or performing surveys to determine the amount of knowledge which the people in project have obtained during my sessions.
I have learned that patience and perseverance are very important when dealing with another culture and with municipalities. Whether I am waiting over a half hour for the beneficiaries to show up for a meeting or trying to obtain money for the nutrition project both of these characteristics seem to be necessary to have.
I loved working for my bosses. They were both helpful when it came to me asking for various materials as well as pleasant when asking for a correction or such for one of my reports.
My coworkers for the past two years have mainly been Peruvians. Overall I have had both good and bad experiences with them. Many times they will forget to mention when a holiday of some sort prevents work from happening or will okay a meeting time only to forget about it and not show up. Even though there are downsides my interactions with these caring people have been amazing overall.
The hardest part of the job was learning the language. I went from two basic semesters of Spanishmore... to speaking fairly fluently toward the end of my two years.
The most enjoyable part of my service was getting to work with the little kids in my site. The kids are always so enthusiastic to create crafts, learn English, or play games with me and always brighten my day.less
Great medical care, opportunity to see another culture and learn another language
My health was not always the best, lack of water availability, distance from family and friends
Youth Development Volunteer (Former Employee) – Morocco – November 13, 2017
A PC volunteer is more than just a job, it's a 24/7 commitment as a representative of the U.S. to foreign countries. Be prepared to work your cultural sensitivity. It's not a bad program overall, but administration and programming could be improved.