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Josh ( -
Posted on Sunday, January 16, 2005 - 2:51 pm:   

I'm looking for leads on Peace Corps' detractors. I'm writing a story on whether the Peace Corps works, and I am looking for people who say it doesn't. I know of some, but would like more.
Do you know any RPCVs who hated their experience so much they think PC should end? What about local congressmen who find it a waste of money? Heard any pundits or talking-heads berate it recently?
Admin1 (admin) ( -
Posted on Sunday, January 16, 2005 - 3:34 pm:   

We have printed out an index of stories on this web site that contain criticisms of the Peace Corps. Keep two things in mind as you do your story:

1. There are over 20,000 stories about the Peace Corps on this web site. Fifty-one of the stories have been classified as critical of the Peace Corps.

2. Many of the stories that are critical contain inaccurate information. Your job is to research the stories in greater depth and determine what is true and what is false.

Let us know when you finish your paper. We'd like to publish it here online and let other RPCVs take a look at it and critique it.

Best Regards,


Anonymous ( -
Posted on Monday, December 19, 2005 - 1:38 am:   

Personally I do not see the point of having the peace corps. I think that it is arrogant of people in this country to impose american culture onto another country. These cultures have lived for thousands of years and they will continue to live and function without the aid of peace corps volunteers. At the moment, my girlfriend is over in Africa for 27months. Every hour of every day, she is in constant danger. Whether it be from a virus or rape, I do not know. She is without power or phone lines, so anything can happen to her and I would not know about it for weeks or months. She has a wonderful personality and she really wants to help others, but she is really only hurting her friends, family, and me through worrying about her safety. I really think she'd better serve her time by volunteering in a local charity near her home then by spending 27months in Africa.
Anonymous (
Posted on Tuesday, April 08, 2008 - 4:51 am:   

The Peace Corps only enters a country by invitation from the country's government for specific reasons. It is not imposed American culture. Read the 3 main goals of the Peace Corps before you judge it as arrogant. The fact that you are concerned for your girlfriend's welfare is admirable, but you must realize that she is there living among people who are in danger of the same things you are concerned about daily. Furthermore, she is there to improve the daily life of those people so that those very issues are no longer a problem.

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