Former Community Health and Malaria Prevention (CHAMP) Volunteer at Peace Corps
over 1 year ago
It varies by country.
My experience daily depended on the day of the week, some days I was at the middle school in my village co-teaching English, some days I was at my villages hospital giving vaccinations, some days I was walking around my village talking about building latrines and promoting WASH behaviors, other days I sometimes would host my girls club, or an after school club.
All in all the day in a life of a volunteer is very unique to that volunteer. No one volunteers experience is the same regardless of if they are in the same Country or City.
Remember that Peace Corps gives you tools to make an impact using a grassroots approach. It is what you make it... make it worthwhile and your own!
A day in the life of a volunteer varies depending on your country of service, your sector, and more importantly, the sector in which you serve. For me life as a community health volunteer involves house visits and classes in the high school. I work mainly with those two institutions on two projects. The first project focuses on training moms with children under 3 in different topics relating to nutrition and prevention of diseases. The second project focuses on life skills and mental and sexual health for high schoolers. On a typical day, I arrive at the health post in the morning and I prepare material for house visits. Later in the morning and into early afternoon, I leave to do house visits with a nurse and a health promotor. Three days a week I work with a professor helping to facilitate classes focusing on themes related to mental health and sexual health. The best and worst thing about being a PCV is that your schedule depends greatly on your counterparts. Most days you are working alongside community members facilitating your project, but many times things change or something comes up and you have to postpone everything you had planned for the day. It all depends, but at the end of the day it's up to you to keep persevering and to keep showing up in order to build a sustainable project.
This is a question that gets asked by every prospective Peace Corps Volunteer, and unfortunately there is no clear answer! This will really depend on your placement, what the culture of the host country is like, and whether you are living in an urban or rural area.
For myself, I had some months where I was very busy teaching in schools, organizing tree-planting projects, traveling to help with youth empowerment camps, etc. Then there were some months where I was more dedicated to integrating with my community, spending time with my family and friends there, exchanging recipes, and things like that. A "day in the life" for a PCV is pretty hard to define and is constantly changing, but that's what makes it fun!
The most asked question I have ever got and the hardest one to answer. It is difficult to answer because it was never the same. It really depends on where you are in your service and what you are doing. Some days I would wake up really early and walk to the outskirts of my village to meet people and educate them on health issues. Some days I would go to the local schools and talk to the kids about sexual reproductive health, clean water, or nutrition. Some days I would be working on a specific project and working with the local community workers on latrine building. Some days I would go to the local clinic and help the doctor and midwife in whatever ways they needed. Some days I would stay in my house and translate talks and topics I knew I wanted to learn or improve. And honestly there were times I just stayed in my house and read a book and left my house only to go to the market. So it never really was same day to day, but I did find a coffee and bread vendor for breakfast every day and we would talk every morning and she became one of my best friends.