English Education and Youth Development (Former Employee) – Republic of Georgia – August 13, 2013
Nothing was typical about this job. My main task was to teach English to elementary, middle, and high school students in the village school. When I wasn't teaching, I was holding English clubs, a variety of camps, building and English classroom in my school, writing grants, project management, learning the Georgian language and about Georgian culture, and being an American Ambassador 24 hours a day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
English Teacher (Former Employee) – Columbia, WA – June 22, 2015
I was immersed in a community and lived with a host family worked with students and teachers. It was an incredible oppurtunity and it was like working 24 hours a day, learned about the people in my community and was able to use my skills to make lesson plans that pushed my student to learn english.
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
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
House Manager (Former Employee) – Cameroon, Central Africa – March 13, 2015
My daily activities here consisted of walking the entire property to ensure all security protocol were in place. Following, I checked all equipment and supplies inventory and made necessary adjustments. I always took time to talk to all house guess and ensure of their concerns if any were addressed.
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.
Agricultural Advisor, Community Developer, Teacher (Former Employee) – Tanoboase – February 13, 2015
I truly was on my own. Great to build self confidence. It was annoying at times dealing with the bureaucracy of the staff. But it was great to build experience doing grassroots work. It was also great to be a part of a completely different culture than my own.
Peace Corps Volunteer (Current Employee) – Krusevo, Macedonia SE Europe – November 10, 2014
I work with several Macedonian teachers in a classroom setting teaching grade level English to students 1st grade - 8th grade. We use Cambridge textbooks supplemented with supportive activities. Teachers work together collaborating lessons and other activities.
I also teach an adult English class for intermediate level English learners. I use a program provided by Peace Corps.
interacting with children and learning a new culture.