Just came across an article on Startup Institute - and reposted on the Peace Corps blog - delving into why Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) are a natural fit for startups, and being a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) myself - as well as directly engaged in the startup world - I have to say that it covers it pretty dang well. In particular, I think points one, two, and three really get to the heart of what it takes to be effective at both.
In short, the overlap of what's needed in the startup world as well as what skillsets Peace Corps Volunteers bring to the table include:
1. Self-starters who self-manage.
2. Highly-creative problem-solvers.
3. Make magic happen with limited resources.
4. Embrace ambiguity.
5. Amazing communicators.
6. Thrive on risk and adventure.
7. Know failure and not afraid of it.
At any given point in time, Peace Corps is a network of nearly 7,000 volunteers in upwards of 70 countries. When it comes to overseas experience and connections, Peace Corps Volunteers are an excellent boots on the ground resource and we're keeping their mandate - as well as longer term career objectives - in mind while designing the next iteration of our platform.
From personal experience, I know that PCVs:
1. Pride themselves on local information and their volunteer service.
2. Are well seasoned in cross-cultural and language skills.
3. Understand the traveler mindset incredibly well.
4. Bring a solid two plus year commitment to their host country.
For Vayando - as a startup in general (with two RPCV co-founders) and social enterprise focused on a double bottom line - PCVs are a natural fit.
Original Source: Caroline Lucas / Startup Institute