A Peace Corps that doesn't suck?
May 3, 2008 5:39 PM Subscribe
I'm looking for a Peace Corps that doesn't suck. Does it exist?
posted by loquacious to Society & Culture (24 answers total) 27 users marked this as a favorite
I recently applied to the Peace Corps because I heard they were looking for IT workers of a particular sort, which I am.
But I've been warned off by a handful of people that have either been in the Peace Corps or who have had relatives or close friends in it.
Their complaints describe an agency that's hindered by bureacracy, unsupportive of their volunteers and otherwise not all it claims to be through shiny advertisements.
What other options are there? I can do IT work, I can teach IT and general computing, I do graphic design and I can teach that, too - and I can do office work, construction work and grunt work.
I'm interested in two levels of volunteering:
1) Committed, destination-based engagements like the Peace Corps with nominal material and transportation support from the organization.
2) Local hands on volunteering in SF - hopefully as free of bureacracy as humanly possible, but more formal and less ad hoc than the sorts of things I'm used to. (Soup kitchens, clothing distribution, etc.)
In both cases, I want to stay away from government or religious organizations as much as possible. I don't want to volunteer my time to promote a religion, nor do I particularly wish for it to be in the name or authority of any given country.