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Road Safety Consultant

Peace Corps Georgia

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer is needed to serve as a Road Safety Consultant. The PCRV will design and conduct public awareness campaigns to raise… Glassdoor

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Organizational Development Specialist

Peace Corps Armenia

The PCRV will serve as an Organizational Development Specialist. The Volunteer will support CDF in organizational development and the implementation… Glassdoor

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e-Health Project Systems Analyst

Peace Corps Jamaica

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer is needed to serve as an e-Health Project Systems analyst to the Jamaican Ministry of Health. In December 2012, the… Glassdoor

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Ecotourism Development Specialist

Peace Corps Comoros

The Union of the Comoros consists of three islands situated in the Western Indian Ocean in the northern part of the Mozambique Channel with a total… Glassdoor

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Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Specialist

Peace Corps Mali

Peace Corps Mali needs three Peace Corps Response Volunteers (PCRVs) to serve as Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) specialists in Sikasso Region… Glassdoor

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Agriculture Data Analyst, Federated States

Peace Corps Federated States of Micronesia

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer is needed to serve as an Agriculture Data Analyst for the Division of Agriculture and Forestry in the Department of… Glassdoor

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Disaster Rehabilitation Program Officer

Peace Corps Philippines

Five Peace Corps Response Volunteers are needed to serve as a Disaster Rehabilitation Program Officers for the Local Government Units (LGUs) of the… Glassdoor

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Peace Corps Volunteer

Peace Corps Worldwide

As the preeminent international service organization of the United States, the Peace Corps sends Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs… Glassdoor

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Planning Specialist

Peace Corps Federated States of Micronesia

A Planning Specialist is needed to work, with the MIDA Executive Director, towards capacity building in fundraising, financial planning, strategic… Glassdoor

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Malaria Initiative Coordinator

Peace Corps Benin

A Malaria Initiative Coordinator, proficient in French and experienced in teaching visual arts, is needed to participate in the CIAMO Malaria… Glassdoor

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    It might be the most interesting thing you ever do

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    Training groups are small and build great camaraderie. Everyday things that happen will make great stories for years. Heck, the nasty stuff that happens too will likely make great stories and be retroactively appreciated - you can at the very least brag to most people back home. When you get over the challenges and do something, you will have a great feeling of competence, ability, and satisfaction. You feel like what you're doing helps people other than just yourself, and you can see the effects of that concretely and immediately - unlike if you were shuffling papers at a desk in a highrise somewhere, no matter how important that job may be theoretically. If you're someone who likes to prove that you can do things for yourself, you will probably get no shortage of opportunities to do that, whether it's communicating in an obscure language or figuring out how to bake a pizza without any of the required equipment. To make up for the strangeness and remoteness Peace Corps also takes care of a lot of stuff for you - visas, training (two MONTHS of training), various freebies appropriate to your environment, and so on, and all your medical expenses are free. When you've completed service, you get a bonus (over $7,000) and a year of "non-competitive eligibility" (preference in hiring for federal jobs). Even without the official preference, it impresses a lot of interviewers.


    You will suddenly relocate to an under-developed country you probably don't know anything about, learn a new language, and make a commitment to it for at least two years. Some people want to do exactly that, but in my experience most people don't want to, especially if they have a stable job and a long-term relationship in the U.S. Periods of high pressure and unexpected problems alternate with ones of boredom and loneliness. You will be physically uncomfortable (too hot, too cold, too wet, too sick) and likely not have constant access to one or all of the following: transportation, plumbing, peanut butter, electricity, internet, TV, other Americans/English speakers, and so on. You will not get paid much, because you are expected to live similarly to the people around you, although this is enough if you don't have expensive tastes (I even saved a little money). Furthermore, in most of the countries, people don't value punctuality as much as in America, so you spend lots of time waiting around. The P.C. staff are great, but they may live more than a day's journey away, with bad postal and internet service. None of this bothered me too much, but it does bother a lot of people. Occasionally the placement decisions are inscrutable; I knew a couple of people who studied environmental science but got sent to teach English. PC looks good on resumes and in interviews, but there isn't a lot of mobility within Peace Corps itself, because it's intended to be a 2-year stint (5 years for country directors and other staff).

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