Administrative Assistant Intern (Former Employee), Washington, DC – September 23, 2014
I worked with the supervisor as an administrative assistant for three months. With my knowledege and coursework that I have contributed to the federal government, it gave me insight of what the different point of view with my collegaue, and we discussed the different ideas regarding deaf accessability, frequent meetings, I managed scheduled for my boss – more... and other staff in the office. I published the newsletter regarding issues with diversity and inclusion at government. I had also worked with other private and federal sectors in the past. As an adminitrative assistant, it is always challenege, but it is fun to learn new things. I had only interned, so there were not much regarding pros and cons. – less
Pros: excellent working environments, caring staff and personnel
Use sports and artistic activities as a catalyst for personal development, healthy habits and team building Organizing life skills training for positive decision making, conflict resolution, raising awareness about HIV/AIDS, teen pregnancy and gender Forming boys/girls groups and promoting gender and leadership training Training in health education – more... issues and HIV prevention Promoting positive parenting and communication to reduce conflict Supporting Service Learning projects Forming Parenting groups with community leaders Brining in specialist skills to work with girls, boys, and youth at risk Working to strengthen NGOs and youth groups – less
Peace Corps Volunteer: TEFL Teacher (Former Employee), Ukraine – April 10, 2014
Pros: international education exposure, foreign methodologies, very active students, freedom in lessons
Cons: communication errors due to language barriers with ukrainian colleagues
On a typical work day, I would teach at the local school with grades 7-11. I taught every day in Ukrainian and English and typically taught alone or occasionally with a Ukrainian English teacher. I implemented two English Clubs, an after-school tutoring program and helped at school events. I planned lessons independently and worked with a team of four – more... Ukrainian teachers of English.
I learned how to really apply my learned methodologies from student teaching into a foreign classroom. I also learned how to differentiate with a group of students learning English as a foreign language. My overall skills and experience grew from the time spent in my school and the local village schools.
I played in integral part in the management of the English Department alongside my Ukrainian colleagues. I had a main "counterpart" with whom I planned lessons, made schedule changes and coordinated curriculum and test schedules.
I worked primarily with three very experienced Ukrainian English teachers and occasionally worked with the three new teachers who were hired only one year before myself. We worked great as a team when planning events in school such as "English Week" and "Olympiads." I and my colleagues gave constructive criticism to one another and substituted for each other when necessary.
The hardest part of my job was serving in "an area of hardship." Peace Corps send us to live and work in an area which needs the help and occasionally the weather or lack of the school amenities we are lucky to have in America sometimes caused irritation. In the end, however I learned to adapt and actually ended up teaching two workshops to incoming volunteers about working with limited resources in Peace Corps.
The most enjoyable part of my job was my students. They could make me so proud and remember daily why I went into the teaching field. They were so active and eager to learn and worked hard. I also loved the overall experience of teaching overseas in a foreign country with innovative youth. – less
National Peace Corps Camp Director (Former Employee), Kara, Togo, West Africa – April 9, 2014
Pros: changing the world
I lived in rural West Africa for two years with no running water or electricity in heat ranging from 95F-115F. I contracted malaria five times as well as several other diseases.
I loved it. It was an incredibly life altering experience and I found out what I was made of. Nothing has ever pushed me to grow as a person more. The people you encounter – more... and the lives that they lead puts the entire world into perspective and you begin to see everything differently.
I managed nation wide projects involving over 15 other non-profit organizations, I acted as an advisor to the executive director of a HIV/AIDS clinic in Togo. I wrote grants, I evaluated programs, I mitigated conflicts, and taught professional development seminars on a weekly basis to a staff of thirty (in a mix of French and local language).
Peace Corps made me the person I am today. The volunteers I trained with and shared my service with are the closest thing I have to a real family. – less
Community Health Volunteer (Former Employee), Suva, Fiji – March 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
Volunteer (Former Employee), Limon, Costa Rica – February 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
Great experience for understanding international and community development
Community Economic Development Agent, Senegal (Former Employee), Senegal – February 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
Peace Corps TEFL Teacher (Former Employee), Isperih, Bulgaria – January 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.
Community Enterprise Development Volunteer (Former Employee), Njinikom, Cameroon – November 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
MATHEMATICS & PHYSICS TEACHER (Former Employee), Tanzania – June 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!
Worked in Fiji as a Health Education Extension Agent
Health Education Extension Agent (Former Employee), Fiji – June 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
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?
Job Work/Life Balance
Great training programs
Preventive Health Technician (Former Employee), Guatemala – April 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.
Intern (Former Employee), Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso – March 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
Teacher of English as a Foreign Language (Former Employee), Rushaki, Rwanda – February 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
Very rewarding experience teaching reproductive education
Community Health Volunteer (Former Employee), Manabi, Ecuador – January 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