Educational Volunteer (Former Employee) – Ghana, Africa – June 5, 2014
After a long successful career as a copywriter in the most creative ad agencies in San Diego, then later several successful and "sleepless" years as a Creative Director in the "L.A. ad game", I decided it was time to take my only life chance at a hiatus before I burned out. It was the best decision I have ever made. I not only recharged my creative batteries and learned how to overcome any challenge, but I also received a much deep understanding of culture, communication, and myself.
Teaching English leadership volunteer (Current Employee) – La chorrera, Panama – March 23, 2016
I would love to work with an ambitious group of co-workers. Fun and friendly environment. I want a job that will allow me to move up and grow as a person. Also a job that has the potential to travel internationally
Youth Development Specialist (Former Employee) – Dominican Republic – October 29, 2015
A typical day at work is unusual in the Peace Corps because your everyday life is your work. Part of Peace Corps' mission is to demonstrate US culture to persons of other nations, and vice versa. Therefore, every interaction was supposed to be reflect this in a positive light. I learned that there are always alternative means of accomplishing things; rarely is there a "right" way. I learned how to manage people and groups in a diverse setting, in another language. My co-workers consisted of other Dominicans as well as Peace Corps volunteers. It was normally a very supportive network. The hardest part was living your job, with no separation between the two. The most enjoyable part of the job was working with individuals who were so diverse.
English Education Volunteer (Former Employee) – The Republic of Georgia – May 9, 2016
An amazing opportunity for growth and developing skills. I had a wonderful experience, learning so much about myself and another culture and country. At times very difficult, learning a new language and being immersed in a place so different. But, overall, such am amazing and beautiful experience.
Ability to grow, experience new things, a new country and culture
Working with country national counter parts and improving the organization has been an educational experience. One is able to learn how to work with people in a different cultural setting and gain life changing skills that can't be compared to any other.
Regional Recruiter (Former Employee) – New York, NY – May 18, 2016
Typical day can be whatever you want it to be. I learned about all global opportunities available on each continent for Peace Corps Volunteers. My co-workers were all RPCVs so it was awesome to share stories and feel like I fit in somewhere, right after service.
Volunteer (Current Employee) – Dominican Republic – December 21, 2015
The Peace Corps experience is a particularly difficult job to explain as so many small things are involved within my daily life. Like so many other developmental agencies, Peace Corps' main goal is to aid communities in different aspects of development; business, youth, health, and education. But the main difference that makes Peace Corps so unique is that volunteers are placed alone within their communities to work and live for a full 24 months; developing trust, relationships, and not simply providing materials, but working together to learn. A typical day for me consists of collecting water, interacting with neighbors and local kids, meetings with my youth groups, grant writing (depending on the day), maybe squashing a few tarantulas, etc but the thing I love most about Peace Corps is the fact there is no typical day. That being said, Peace Corps is without a doubt that hardest job or experience I have ever had. Living in extreme poverty, learning a new language, dealing with machismo, trying to teach people who don't want to be taught, simply being alone, etc are among the biggest challenges I face daily but I can notice a viable difference in the person who I have become.
work all over the world learning new skills and interacting with new peoples,cultures, religions.
Community Health Specialist (Former Employee) – The Gambia, West frica – July 6, 2015
Depending on which country you work in, and where you work, the roles and responsibilities vary greatly. However, if you are open, goal oriented, hardworking and flexible, you will have a good experience. You will learn about a new culture, and all the aspects of working in it. You will also have the opportunity to learn some hard and soft skills, and practice them in some of the most challenging yet interesting settings possible. Other co-workers become your friends and ultimately, your family as you share experiences, advice and skills that are crucial t your success. The most enjoyable part of the job is most definitely getting your use your skills, education and expertise in the most creative way possible in order to solve local problems.
organizational support, committed collegues, healtcare, wonderful work experince, flexibility in work time and schedule
Richly rewarding experience, both professionally and personally.
Adolescent Health Education Advisor in St. Lucia (Former Employee) – Dennery Hospital, St. Lucia – July 17, 2015
Learning to navigate daily life professionally and personally in a foreign culture and in a language other than one's primary language is very challenging and provides a new set of skills which can be generalized to any future experiences.
Learning a new language and living immersed in a new culture.
Living totally removed family and friends, and from all that is familiar caries with it a degree of stress wnhich is constant.
Environmental Advisor (Former Employee) – 4-H Saint mary – August 10, 2015
Peace Corps was an amazing experience. It wasn't at all easy, always challenging and sometimes frustrating but at the end of the day, you appreciated the opportunity and felt that you have made some difference.
Community Health Extension Agent (Current Employee) – Koumbidia – November 30, 2015
Peace Corps has been an invaluable development personally and professionally. This position provided hands-on and practice field experience while also making valuable impacts through grassroots and localist activist programming.
A workplace in which one's voice is heard and one is allowed to make decisions.
Associate Peace Corps Director (Former Employee) – Dominica, Eastern Caribbean – March 4, 2015
Typical day involved management of office, leasing with volunteers and their community partners, communicating with head office in the island of St. Lucia. Learned how to bridge cultural differences between people from two different countries. Learned about program planning and project design and implementation. Managed both administrative staff and volunteers. Developed an approach which strengthened volunteer confidence and create a harmonious relationship between volunteer and work partners as well as volunteer and Peace Corps office staff. Co workers were very cooperative and were always willing to go the extra mile. A lot of sharing and helping each other. Hardest part of the job was concerns about the safety and security of the Peace Corps volunteers The most enjoyable part of the job was providing support to the volunteers observing the changes that they went through at the end of their two year assignment. They all came out of the experience feeling that they had gotten much more than they gave and in the process developed a better understanding of the people from the culture in which they served
Education Volunteer (Former Employee) – Republic of Georgia – January 26, 2014
Every day was different. I would go to school and co-teach students with a local counterpart. It was a challenge because most of the locals are not motivated and you have to help them find their inspirations, which is also very rewarding. Management was very fair and let volunteers be autonomous with support when needed. The other volunteers are not hippies like a lot of people think. Most are all there to figure out their place in the world. The groups of volunteers are diverse from new grads to in their 70s. The hardest part was not fitting into the local culture and not being able to express who I was. The most rewarding comes after your service when you get to see those whose lives you touched achieving their dreams.
healthcare is 100% across the board, doctors were amazing, training team is amazing
MEDICAL SECRETARY (Former Employee) – Cape Verde – December 12, 2014
Great place to work. As you work for the government, also with the responsibility of all voluntaries health and security, I had to work hard, prioritized and well organized my daily tasks. The communication and the management it was out standing. The co workers are like a part of the family, we all work as a team to improved our work doesn't matter what difficulties'. The hard part of the job I believe it when the new voluntaries arrives. I pretty much enjoy every second working for PC.
English Literacy Teacher (Former Employee) – Western Samoa – March 17, 2015
A typical day at work consisted of teaching English Literacy in a rural school on the island of Western Samoa. We were required to undergo 2 months of intensive training before we were sent out into the schools. I have learned a significant amount in classroom management, structured curriculum, and assessment of students.
The hardest part of the job was finding a balance in the methods of teaching that I learned in school, and the ways that Samoans have been teaching/taught their entire lives. It was a humbling experience and I would not trade it for the world.
The opportunity to live on a remote island and improve upon my professionalism.
Difference in teaching strategies, difference in disciplinary system, time management
Peace Corps Volunteer (Former Employee) – Central Asia – February 22, 2012
Peace Corps is a very unique work and living experience unlike any other. It is up to the individual to determine what kind of service they will have and how deep they will immerse themselves in the culture and their work. What's great about Peace Corps as a company (or govt agency) is that they will give you all the tools, training and support you will need for you to succeed in your assigned community. It's like being your own business owner with a big support group behind you. You'll also witness first-hand how international aid and development works. If you are curious to find out how you perform in extreme conditions in a very foreign land, then this is it. It's unlike any job in the world. Afterward, I have found many employers to highly value my experience. It also really helped me in working abroad in other countries.
unique amazing experience you'll cherish for life, lots of support from peace corp.
TEFL Teacher (Former Employee) – Jiang You, China – February 27, 2014
The Peace Corps states, "The toughest job you'll ever love." That is so true. I was a TEFL teacher but saw so many other needs in the community. I started a women's group. I participated with my students and others in Leadership workshops for women. I was a career counselor for my students. I love living and working with other cultures. The Peace Corps gives an individual an opportunity to truly immerse in another culture.
Learn a new language, see the world, and help those in need.
Peace Corps Volunteer (Former Employee) – Ak-Dobo, Bakai-Ata Rayon, Talas Oblast, Kyrgyzstan – September 5, 2014
One of the greatest experiences you will ever have in your life. You will learn a new language with a proficiency and applicability that will rival any other. You will meet, interact, and live within a culture and society that people at home will not believe or equivocate. You will help people who have had very little opportunity in life and/or education to aspire to be greater than they first believed, to open themselves to new experiences, and a wealth of knowledge and insight that only someone like you could bring.
new langauge, travel, and job satisfaction. really making a difference.
lonely. your health will most likely suffer. no pay. future depends on us government strength.