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Most challenging and rewarding "job" of my life

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Former Employee - Volunteer
Former Employee - Volunteer

Pros

Living in a foreign country, contestant adventure, contributing to the greater good

Cons

Isolating, language barrier, cultural differences

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    Great opportunity, not for the faint hearted (or faint stomached)

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    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer  in  Koudougou, Boulkiemdé (Burkina Faso)
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Koudougou, Boulkiemdé (Burkina Faso)

    Pros

    - true opportunity to integrate into a community
    - exceptional look into the 'real' world of grassroots development, which i believe is invaluable if you plan to pursue a career in international development
    - makes you a LOT stronger of a person
    - sets you apart and really adds to your ability to understand promote cross cultural competency
    - 'the hardest job you'll ever love' : such cheese but man is it true

    Cons

    - prepare to be disillusioned, immediately (some may see that as a bad thing but can also be considered a good thing -- let's you know what's really going on out there!)
    - can get very lonely
    - not always as much support from the country bureau as you would hope, but because of this you learn all about what it means to be a self-starter
    - feels like it's becoming more top-down (D.C. to country staff then on to volunteers) which defeats the purpose of Peace Corps, which is for Volunteers to assess what is needed in their host communities and act on that, not on some blanketed push from HQ

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen listen listen to volunteer feedback!

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    Positive Outlook
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    A life-changing but challenging experience that I will never regret

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    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer  in  Windhoek (Namibia)
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Windhoek (Namibia)

    Pros

    Travel the world
    Experience new cultures
    Make a positive difference in others' lives
    Incredible camaraderie

    Cons

    Very challenging experience
    You will likely be placed in a community where your mission is not support, appreciated, or is impossible
    You will get sick
    High level of bureaucracy, many times you will consider the management incompetent or uninformed

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    Positive Outlook
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