PC needs site development

Peace Corps Online: Peace Corps News: Headlines: Peace Corps Headlines - 2002: 02 February 2002 Peace Corps Headlines: February 6, 2002: White Paper - The New Mandate for the Peace Corps: PC needs site development

By concerned on Thursday, March 14, 2002 - 3:50 pm: Edit Post

The mission of Peace Corps has been changing since its inception and appears that it is in need of further reform. I recently returned from service and was extremely disappointed with the lack of site development in my country of service. I was serving in a country that has had volunteers for several decades and it appears that the quality of sites has diminished over time and APCD's have been recycling the same sites instead of redirecting their efforts. Yes they have changed the title of the sectors but have continued to assign volunteers to the same agencies for years. I was in country for a very long time without any assignment at all. This was true for several volunteers in country.
Perhaps we do need some federal oversight and accountability. I have made complaints about my situation to the country director without resolve. In fact, I was told that it was all my fault that I had not developed a job for myself. My attempts were never acknowledged. There is a lot of cover up like this in country and there are a lot of volunteers that are forced to ET if they complain. I've seen it firsthand, and felt it. I'm left with a very hurtful PC experience. I know that there are others out there that have shared a similar experience and I think it is necessary that we speak out and change the way that volunteers are treated and the lack of development in country.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this.

By rodney rylander on Wednesday, March 20, 2002 - 11:40 am: Edit Post

YOu have a very valid point. One solution is to have all APCDs past PCVs for a maximum of 5 years instead of nationals who have been in for 20 or more years and find the easy way of doing business.

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