Community Health Promotion Volunteer (Current Employee) – Ancash, Peru – January 23, 2016
Being a Peace Corps volunteer is a very unique job that not only differs widely depending on geographic location and program area, but also depending someone's personality. You get out of it what you put into it, and you must learn to appreciate the small successes. An experience that will change your outlook on life,
Community Development Advisor (Former Employee) – Cidade Velha, Cape Verde – February 27, 2013
The most rewarding aspect of my work was making a visible difference in people's lives. I learned what it takes to lead and manage a project in another country. I worked independently and within a team. The most rewarding work was to implement innovative techniques to sow the seeds for institutional change in Cape Verde.
Director of Public Affairs (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – October 14, 2012
I was in a position, as a political appointee, to supervise 41 employees who were "inherited" by an interagency merger with another organization. The Director of the Peace Corps counted on me for all media inquiries in this sensitive time, and I had a full secret service status to receive cables from overseas about volunteers and international agencies. Constituent services for the Director and Deputy Director were at a premium while the agency went through budget battles and faced extinction from the far right on Capitol Hill. The President gave the agency 100% support and we were able to continue our work with more effectiveness than ever. I was in a postiion of seniority so I learned a great deal about management. The hardest part was infighting among staff. The best part was fulfillment for having my ideas respected and implemented.
The training was very thorough, so several months were spent both in country and in the United States, learning cultural values and how to adjust to life in a developing country and language. These days were in classrooms and in small seminars and on field trips.
The management was good except when it came to training in country where it was sometimes difficult for local trainers to behave appropriately toward American women.
Co-workers were good people.
The hardest part was dealing with the boredom and sense of alienation, of not being able to make a plan for your future at home that you could work on where you were.
The most enjoyable part was traveling around the countryside with your local family and your fellow volunteers. Also talking one on one with locals and doing things with them was wonderful.
adventure and sense of accomplishment
difficulty relating to local men because of their attitudes toward women
Community and Youth Development Volunteer (Former Employee) – Morocco – August 7, 2012
Some day you will love it, some days you will hate it, but it was an awesome experience. You need to remember that your bosses will be host country nationals and that can create several communication issues.
Challenging, fun, diverse place to work with great people
Administrative Specialist (Former Employee) – New York, NY – March 9, 2012
The Peace Corps is a great place to work because it gives you the opportunity to interact with people from all walks of life and learn so much about the world. The Peace Corps has an exciting and challenging workplace and is a constantly changing environment. It is one of the best jobs I've had.
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.