- Paperback: 54 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 5, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1470185644
- ISBN-13: 978-1470185640
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.3 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,678,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reveals the Washington offices to be loaded with self satisfied preachy do-gooders in stable politically connected power positions or clueless careerists carrying out orders.
....with so little oversight and they are hurting volunteers with their malfeasance.... not to mention the disillusionment and apathy.
I can see why there is so little talk about accomplishments of Peace Corps it's another backwater of government... churning away to SERVE ITSELF FIRST...then maybe its overseas staff and volunteers,
It's to complex a subject to touch.... HOWEVER this essay answered so many of my questions, I wish it were longer and had more volunteer testimonies..... it's a ballzy piece of writing.... hope it gets more traction in the community.... excellent and well researched! 5 stars!
( which is probably closer to the reality). The truth is no one seems to know what the PC really is. There is the myth and then there is the reality. Stung by public disclosures over the last few years concerning a profound disregard for volunteer safety, the PC has begun to make necessary changes in this area but the hypersensitive agency is reluctant to revisit its mission or visualize how different the agency might look if it were being developed today to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
Trust me, this is a must read for anyone contemplating devoting 27 months of their life to the PC. The issue of meaningful work is an important one as is the relationship the PC has with its volunteers. If you don't think so.....
Watkins also does not adequately describe the unique personnel system of Peace Corps. Tenure is limited to five years and successful service as a Peace Corps Volunteer is NOT a prerequisite for employment with the agency. So, the "bureaucrats" are leaving all the time; there is constant turnover and turmoil. He is absolutely correct about the extraordinary high number of political appointees in decision making positions.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not many questions were really answered. I want to know more about ET rates and why volunteers ET.Published 19 months ago by RSim
no attempt to show the perspective of the thousands of volunteers who had positive experiences. Written in a way that suggests opinions are facts.Published on September 16, 2013 by FLGal
no credibility or depth. Who is the author and how does he have the facts to back up his claims. Should be classified as a pamphlet not a book.Published on July 22, 2013 by ron tschetter