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Community Health Volunteer (Former Employee), Suva, FijiMarch 25, 2014
Pros: flexibility, freedom
Cons: adjustment to other culture/environment. can be difficult for most people.
Peace Corps is an exciting opportunity that people should take advantage of. Working and communicating with people from different cultures in a different language is really skill building for interpersonal skills. There are many different sectors that you work in for your primary assignment, but your secondary assignment is something that you are solely – more... interested in, something that can be helpful for the community. Great opportunity, lots of flexibility and freedom with the job. – less
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Challenging and competitive field
Volunteer (Former Employee), Limon, Costa RicaFebruary 11, 2014
Pros: language skill, adaptability to diverse situations, strong volunteer relationships
Cons: solitude from other members of the peace corps
The Peace Corps was a very difficult experience. I was alone for the majority of my time in Costa Rica. I was able to garner valuable experience in adapting to new cultures, learning a new language and building relationships with limited communication. Management was a hands-off experience and most of my activities were self-run. My co-workers were – more... great people who were all very dedicated to what they were doing with their respective communities. The solitude and lack of team atmosphere was incredibly challenging. However, the connections made with other members of the Peace Corps and my community were unforgettable experiences. – less
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Great experience for understanding international and community development
Community Economic Development Agent, Senegal (Former Employee), SenegalFebruary 8, 2014
Pros: flexability, freedom to focus your talents in different areas
Cons: no supervisor that analyses your work on a day to day basis
The Peace Corps was a completely different experience then anything I have had and something I did not regret. It really gives you an opportunity to understand how the community/international development field works and get your feet in the industry. The Peace Corps allows you to utilize skill sets that you already have and channel them into development – more... projects that help local communities. The hardest part of the job was adapting to village life in Senegal with many of the basic luxuries of my life in America stripped away. I also had to learn two new languages (French and Wolof) which was something I had never done before. The most enjoyable part of my job was working with the locals in my town and helping them better their lives through business trainings. – less
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The Hardest Job You'll Ever Love
Peace Corps TEFL Teacher (Former Employee), Isperih, BulgariaJanuary 17, 2014
Pros: great job satisfaction, great benefits, easy travel, wonderful management
Cons: feeling like you are in a fishbowl
The tagline of the Peace Corps is absolutely true. It is the hardest job you will ever love, it isn't easy. A lot is expected from you as a volunteer and you will feel like you live in a fishbowl, but then you see your impact on your community and students and you will realise that it is all worth it.
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The Adventure of a Lifetime
Community Enterprise Development Volunteer (Former Employee), Njinikom, CameroonNovember 20, 2013
Pros: great location
Cons: no cheese
Most recently, I completed my service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon where I worked in Community Enterprise Development. As a peace corps volunteer your are responsible for representing the United States and American culture in your host country. You are therefore thrust into a leadership role in the community. Part of my duties as a volunteer – more... was relationship management and prioritization. I worked closely with senior government officials and community organizations on development projects, allocating limited resources in highly impoverished areas. This is a delicate process that is dependent on relationship management. It is my hope that I can use the skills and experiences gained through my service in my future career. – less
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Good experience in global field.
Volunteer Leader (Former Employee), MadagascarAugust 9, 2013
Pros: flexibility
Cons: job description structure
Good organization for the independent employee and inquisitive researcher.
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Peace Corps
Volunteer (Former Employee), UkraineAugust 7, 2013
It is one of the hardest, challenging jobs but I loved every moment of it.
Lived in my community and gained respect of the school I workd with
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The Hardest Job You'll Ever Love
MATHEMATICS & PHYSICS TEACHER (Former Employee), TanzaniaJune 13, 2013
I learned how to be competent in another culture thanks to all of the training in cross-cultural studies and language that I received. I made amazing friends with the other volunteers and had and incredibly rewarding experience!
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Worked in Fiji as a Health Education Extension Agent
Health Education Extension Agent (Former Employee), FijiJune 3, 2013
Pros: amazing cultural experience
Cons: was thrown into a village after barely three weeks of training
Peace Corps is an individualized experience. While there were times when I had the opportunity to see my fellow volunteers and superiors, mostly I lived alone in a village of 900 on the top of a mountain in Fiji. I worked from scratch with little knowledge of the culture nor of the dynamics of village life. It was hard and took time but eventually I – more... managed to develop productive relationships, beneficial programs and maintained a schedule that I believed would be sustainable. The hardest part of the job was the solitude while the best part of the job was developing promising plans to help my local villagers with health issues such as heart disease and poor eating habits. – less
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Peace Corps Bulgaria
Volunteer (Former Employee), BulgariaJune 3, 2013
Pros: everything
Cons: away from home for 2 years
Best experience of my life. Loved every second of my two years there.

June 27, 2013

Hi there, I´m interested in going to Bulgaria through the Peace Corps. Can you tell me what you liked/didn´t like? Which city were you in? Was the pay good enough to live or did you need to find extra finances?

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Great training programs
Preventive Health Technician (Former Employee), GuatemalaApril 15, 2013
Well-respected programs in the host country, and great training programs. The langugage training is especially terrific. Attention to sustainability is important to the organization.
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Interesting and cultural work experience
Intern (Former Employee), Ouagadougou, Burkina FasoMarch 12, 2013
During my internship at Peace Corps in Burkina Faso. I was able to assist with events for current and future volunteers. I got to join my superiors in trips to villages where volunteers are placed to see how they work. Thanks to the internship I was able to learn exactly what the peace corps does in third world countries and made me want to later work – more... in the UN – less
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The Best Challenges
Teacher of English as a Foreign Language (Former Employee), Rushaki, RwandaFebruary 27, 2013
Pros: travel, language training, culture training
Cons: difficult living conditions
As a Peace Corps volunteer I was entrusted with the American peoples good will towards their fellow global citizens. Although my service in Mauritania was cut short by terrorist insurgencies, I was no deterred in my dedication and selected to help restart the program in Rwanda after so many absent years following the 1994 genocide. Although the monthly – more... allocation of funds is adequate to live on in the local economy, it certainly requires a labor of love to perform the duties required with essentially no pay. – less
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Very rewarding experience teaching reproductive education
Community Health Volunteer (Former Employee), Manabi, EcuadorJanuary 23, 2013
Pros: language skills
Cons: living situation was stressful
I was a Peace Corps volunteer and had a fantastic two years teaching reproductive health to junior high school students in rural Ecuador. Three days a week I taught reproductive health, in two separate schools to junior high age students, and I worked one day a week in a rural health clinic as an aide. I worked mainly on my own, but I had to turn in – more... quarterly reports. I got along well with my fellow volunteers. The hardest part of the job was acclimatizing myself to living in the jungle. The most enjoyable part was the relationships I made with the host country nationals. – less
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Hardest job you will ever love
Trainer (Former Employee), Savalou, BeninJanuary 21, 2013
Pros: flexibility, rewarding work, make your own agenda
Cons: administrative logistics and bureaucratics
The work is rewarding when you are committed to integrate in your community.
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Amazing life experience
Renewable Energy Specialist (Former Employee), VanuatuJanuary 4, 2013
PRO: Great program for those who do not mind working with host country nationals 24/7.

CON: Not for those who want to be social and network with other organizations.
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Best learning expereince
Community Economic Development Agent (Former Employee), SenegalNovember 25, 2012
Pros: no other chance like this
Cons: 2 years away from family, friends
I learned more in these 2 years than I probably will, ever again, in my life. You are given the opportunity to work in many different areas, and usually spear head quite a few projects.
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Community Development Consulting Volunteer
Community Development Consultant (Former Employee), MoldovaOctober 15, 2012
I served for two years and accomplished a lot which is best summarized in my resume.
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Great balanced work environment
Peace Corps Volunteer (Former Employee), León, GUAOctober 2, 2012
Pros: balance among health, education, work, and play...
Cons: has some burecratic implications
Great Life experience... Learning and observing and living in another culture is a critical part of a balanced life...
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Exciting Volunteer overseas in Benin, Africa
Volunteer in Benin (Former Employee), Cotonou, Benin, West AfricaSeptember 6, 2012
Pros: the people, the culture, the experience
Cons: quality of life, sickness
I lived in Benin, West Africa for 2 months for the purposes of developing a connection with the local people while learning the culture myself. My department, specifically, was Environmental Action, which allowed me to learn certain agricultural and water conservation techniques. But the greatest quality I received from that experience was the ability – more... to be self-motivated and to learn quickly. Being Intermediate in French also helps too. I did have to return early to the United States because of a medical issue. – less

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