Appendix IV - Returned volunteer survey
RETURNED VOLUNTEER SURVEY
Current Mailing Address:
Dates of Peace Corps Service:
Age upon Joining the Peace Corps:
Principal Work Location(s) Check those that apply:
Urban Small Town Rural or Village
Principal Work Site(s): Name of school, clinic, center, etc.:
Work Assignment (i.e. special education, speech therapy, physical therapy, etc.):
PART ONE: In this section, we would like to have some background information relating to your training and experience prior to joining the Peace Corps.
A. Training Background
1.1 Level of academic training prior to PC service (Check appropriate items)
I did not attend college
I attended but did not complete college
1.2 Practical experience prior to PC service (Check one)
I did not have any practical experience related to special education or rehabilitation.
I had 1-3 years of practical experience in a special education or rehabilitation-related job. Please specify nature of work:
I had over 3 years of practical experience in a special education or rehabilitation-related job. Please specify nature of work:
Briefly list practical work experience prior to Peace Corps service unrelated to special education or rehabilitation:
Please rate your level of agreement or disagreement with the statements below using the following scale:
1.3 In general, I think that my background and training qualified me well for the job I performed in the Peace Corps.
1.4 I do not believe that my level of training correlated significantly to my success as a volunteer.
1.5 I think that my academic training proved more important than my practical experience in qualifying me as a special education/rehabilitation volunteer.
My work as a volunteer would have benefited from the following:
1.6 More academic/technical training.
1.7 More "on-the-job" types of experiences.
1.8 A better awareness of the cultural/social environment I would be working in.
1.9 Knowledge of the experiences of other Peace Corps Volunteers in similar work sites. 1.10 A better awareness of the country's institutional resources and structure and how to work within the system.
1.11 I applied for an assignment in the Peace Corps independently of a Peace Corps recruiter.
1.12 I specifically chose the country I wanted to work in on my Peace Corps application.
1.13 My original assignment in the Peace Corps was not in the area of special education or rehabilitation. Please state area of original assignment:
1.14 Host country supervisors of programs for disabled persons appeared to think it was important that Peace Corps Volunteers have extensive academic training.
1.15 Based on my experience as a PCV, I would recommend that the Peace Corps aim in their recruitment strategies for more specialized professionals vs. generalists to work in their special education and rehabilitation projects.
1.16 I believe that volunteers with limited practical work experience in the field of special education and rehabilitation can do very effective work on Peace Corps projects addressing the needs of disabled persons.
PART TWO: The following items concern the time during which you actually served as a Peace Corps Volunteer.
Using the following scale, please rate your level of agreement or disagreement with the items below:
2.1 My Peace Corps training (overall: language, cross-cultural and technical) was valuable and useful.
2.2 My principal job in the Peace Corps was different from the one I expected.
2.3 I held essentially the same job throughout my Peace Corps service.
2.4 In my work, I had direct contact with disabled persons in my host country.
2.5 In professional terms, I was well qualified for my Peace Corps job.
2.6 In personal terms, I was well qualified for my Peace Corps job.
2.7 My job assignment used my skills to their fullest.
2.8 I had little access to technical assistance from people or programs in other countries.
2.9 The Peace Corps Country Director/staff appeared to appreciate and value my work.
2.10 The Peace Corps Director/staff provided valuable assistance and support to my efforts.
2.11 There were greater problems than I anticipated in my work.
2.12 On my job site, there were one or more other PCVs doing work related to mine.
2.13 A PCV had been performing my job before me.
2.14 When I left the country, another PCV came in to take my place on the job.
2.15 I was involved in training, providing orientation or assisting a PCV who replaced me on my job.
2.16 I received orientation, training, or assistance from a volunteer whom I replaced.
2.17 I was directly involved in training host country nationals in skills which I possessed.
2.18 Host country nationals trained me to use skills or practices which I did not previously possess.
2.19 I had little awareness of the work of other Peace Corps Volunteers working in jobs similar to mine.
2.20 I consider Peace Corps projects addressing the needs of disabled persons to be consistent with Peace Corps' policy to address the most basic human needs in developing countries.
2.21 I achieved a level of language proficiency adequate to communicate effectively in my job.
2.22 I received written correspondence or technical assistance from Peace Corps staff in Washington.
2.23 I received written correspondence or technical assistance from international or national organizations based in the U.S. If yes, please name the organization(s):
2.24 My host employer(s) and supervisor(s) appeared to value my work.
2.25 I think that more people who work with disabled persons in the U.S. should consider joining the Peace Corps.
2.26 I think that more disabled persons with specific skills should be recruited for Peace Corps service. Could you briefly indicate why or why not?
2.27 Please submit the names of other volunteers whose work benefiting disabled persons was particularly outstanding. We may contact them with a similar questionnaire.
PART THREE: In this section, we would like to know what has happened since you completed your Peace Corps service.
3.1 When did you complete Peace Corps service?
3.2 Did you remain in the field of special education/rehabilitation?
3.3 Did you get additional academic, professional, or technical training after returning from Peace Corps service? If yes, please describe briefly:
3.4 Are you currently employed?. If yes, please give your title and a brief description of your work.
3.5 My Peace Corps experience had a positive impact on my personal development.
3.6 My Peace Corps experience had a positive impact on my professional development.
3.7 I gained specific knowledge in my Peace Corps work which I have applied in my work here in the U.S.
3.8 My colleagues are aware of my Peace Corps experience and seem to appreciate what it has done for me.
3.9 The language training I received in the Peace Corps has been used in my work in the U.S.
3.10 At a later point in my life, I would consider serving in the Peace Corps once again.
3.11 I stay in touch with some former PCVs who served with me.
3.12 I stay in touch with some of the people in my host community.
3.13 I have occasionally provided materials on technical assistance to people in. my former work site.
3.14 If called upon, I would be interested in serving as a consultant to the Peace Corps in future programs addressing the needs of disabled persons.
3.15 I would be interested in participating in an international information-sharing network with other former PCVs, professionals, community leaders, and disabled persons concerned with disability in developing countries.
3.16 We are interested in identifying some leaders of programs for disabled persons in host countries where Peace Corps Volunteers have served. Can you identify any such persons so that we might write them directly? We will not ask them to identify any specific volunteers in their assessment.
3.17 Please make any other comments you wish to make about your experience in the Peace Corps, the role of Peace Corps in addressing the needs Or disabled persons, or any issues suggested by this questionnaire. (Feel free to handwrite your response and use the back of this page if necessary.)
Thank you for the benefit of your time and experience.
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