Community Development Advisor (Former Employee) – Panama – May 4, 2014
I lived and worked in an indigenous village without electricity in rural Panama for two years. My primary project was teaching English but much of my work involved working with locals to find and address their pressing needs. With this, I was able to write a grant and help fund a solar panel project, work to improve cook stoves, youth development, gardening, among other projects. The Peace Corps is not so much a job as an experience where you are daily challenged and pushed to do your best and to look back and see the difference that you made in others' lives.
Administrative Specialist (Current Employee) – Washington, DC – July 21, 2017
Peace Corps has consistently ranked in the top three federal agencies to work for. Great place if you're interested in international affairs or grassroots level development and are interested in federal work. Coworkers are friendly and willing to answer questions and help provide training opportunities for staff.
TEFL Teacher (Former Employee) – Fort Worth, TX – July 17, 2017
Working for TNTP Americorps was a wonderful experience. I felt completely prepared to teach the following year and had a teacher trainer helping me throughout the way to develop my classroom management strategies and lesson planning abilities. Wonderful experience for earning teaching certification!
English Education and Youth Development Volunteer (Former Employee) – Borjomi – July 16, 2017
Anyone thinking about doing Peace Corps should take a long time thinking about it. If you are willing and able to be away from your family and friends for two years, do it. If not, don't. With that said, my experience was very fulfilling and has helped mold me into the person I am today.
IT Specialist (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – July 12, 2017
Its a great company to work on. It is the best place I've ever worked! I say this because I'm challenged each day, motivated to do my best and feel supported by my management team. It's a joy coming to work each day!
Teacher Trainer and Teacher (Former Employee) – Indonesia – June 19, 2017
They pay you to travel abroad and help the local community n whichever was is most productive. As long as you keep an open mind and are willing to fully adapt to a new culture, you'll love it here Make sure you're committed to the project though, as you'll miss you're loved ones. Overall, I truly loved it and it was a lie changing experience.
Peace Corps Volunteer (Current Employee) – Bluefields – June 16, 2017
I love Peace Corps and I would highly recommend it to anyone is very motivated, flexible and interested in learning on the job in sometime difficult or harsh environments where you have to adapt and overcome adversity. I love it and everybody I know who has stuck it out loves being here and doing what we do as a whole.
Healthcare, dental, job training, language training and appropriate pay
Travel, integration into another society, everything you do is in another language
Community Economic Development Consultant (Former Employee) – Dominican Republic – June 15, 2017
Serving as a Peace Corps volunteer is so different from a normal work environment that it doesn't make sense to try and describe it here. If someone is thinking about serving should go to the Peace Corps website.
Community Health Promoter (Former Employee) – Guyana, South America – May 4, 2017
Being a Peace Corps volunteer requires one to design their own project with in a community. This job can be a difficult one at time. a Volunteer is called on to acclimate to a new environment and culture and to try to meet the needs of that community with out forcing your agenda on your community. There are days that you see the work you do and its impact, days you realize you may never see the impact you have, and days you doubt there will be any impact at all.
Peer Support Network Member (Current Employee) – Indonesia – April 30, 2017
Peace Corps Indonesia has been one the most challenging jobs I have done. Being a volunteer is a 24-hour a day, 7-day a week job. I would suggest reading the Peace Corps 10 Core Expectations and making sure that you can commit to them for 27 months.
English Language Facilitator (Current Employee) – Taoa, Vava'u – April 23, 2017
Maybe if I was doing what I'd been initially hired to do (teacher training, rather than teaching in a classroom), or if my director was more open to criticism on our current trajectory I might love this job... but I don't.
Great opportunity to gain experience teaching and practice language skills
Teaching English Volunteer (Former Employee) – El Espave, Panama – February 16, 2017
A typical training day involved language courses that were intensive and had speaking, reading, writing and listening tasks. These are in the morning every day. They also include tasks outside applying the language and grammar skills. For example buying food, writing a letter, taking the bus, doing an interview, talking about a specific topic to a native speaker, and listening to the news or other media and writing a summary. The next part of the day, in the afternoon we had intensive Teaching English training. This involved main theories and how the theories relate to teaching practice. They talked about the local public school system and style of dress and behaviors expected for teachers. They had us create micro-teaching lessons and teach them to the rest of the group. A third component included cultural discussions and dealing with cultural shock. They did plays and role-plays and went over dress, food, medical customs, religious beliefs, and ceremonies of the native culture. Finally, they had life skills training in-country activities like how to take public transit, how to get around to different key places for Peace Corps, how to talk about safety and health concerns, and addressing conflicts with teachers and other volunteers or staff. They really stress cultural and language training and making sure that all volunteers are fully prepared for service. We live with a host family for 6 months Each 2 weeks we had an activity in a different city teaching with a native Panamanian teacher and learning their culture while sharing American culture. We had visits tomore... other volunteer sites and Panama City to review. Peace Corps truly scaffolds the experience to ensure readiness to volunteer.less
intensive language & cultural training, teaching experience, authentic experience, opportunity to learn about yourself and others, well structured, caring staff, all expenses paid, healthcare included