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The Prof G Pod with Scott Galloway

Conversation with Carol Spahn — the Peace Corps and the Power of Service

Thu Aug 10 2023
Peace CorpsVolunteerismInternational Development

Description

This episode covers various topics related to the Peace Corps, including its history, mission, impact, and challenges. It explores the role of Peace Corps volunteers, their experiences in different countries, and the metrics used to measure success. The demand for Peace Corps volunteers and the challenges in recruiting applicants are also discussed. Overall, the episode highlights the purpose, meaning, and connection that can be found through service in the Peace Corps.

Insights

Peace Corps automates compliance work with Vanta

Vanta automates up to 90% of compliance work and saves up to 85% of costs for businesses.

AI's impact on TV and film industry

Hollywood writers and actors are concerned about AI taking their jobs, but AI is already being used in high-profile films like Indiana Jones.

Peace Corps volunteers create lasting connections

Peace Corps volunteers live and work in communities around the world, creating relationships and connections that last a lifetime.

The impact of Peace Corps on education and goodwill

Peace Corps volunteers have a significant impact on educational achievements and promote goodwill towards America.

Diverse makeup of Peace Corps volunteers

Peace Corps volunteers come from various backgrounds and professions, with no typical volunteer.

Metrics for measuring Peace Corps success

Success is measured through competencies of volunteers, educational achievements, and long-term impact on goodwill and relationships.

Demand for Peace Corps volunteers

Countries have an insatiable demand for Peace Corps volunteers, with some requesting thousands.

Challenges in recruiting Peace Corps applicants

Applications and qualified applicants are down due to various factors, including job opportunities and societal changes.

Personal experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer

Serving in Romania and Malawi provided unique insights into small business development and community life.

Finding purpose, meaning, and connection in service

Purpose, meaning, and connection are key factors in finding happiness through service in the Peace Corps.

Chapters

  1. Support for PropG comes from Vanta
  2. AI in TV and film
  3. History and mission of the Peace Corps
  4. The role of Peace Corps volunteers
  5. The impact of Peace Corps volunteers
  6. The makeup of Peace Corps volunteers
  7. Success metrics of the Peace Corps
  8. Demand for Peace Corps volunteers
  9. Challenges in recruiting Peace Corps applicants
  10. Personal experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer
  11. Finding purpose, meaning, and connection in service
Summary
Transcript

Support for PropG comes from Vanta

00:01 - 00:29

  • Vanta automates up to 90% of compliance work and saves you up to 85% of costs
  • Listeners of PropG can get $1000 off Vanta when they go to vanta.com/props

AI in TV and film

00:29 - 00:50

  • Hollywood writers and actors are still striking against AI taking their jobs
  • AI is already present in high-profile films like the most recent Indiana Jones

History and mission of the Peace Corps

01:52 - 02:21

  • Peace Corps was founded in 1961 by President John S. Kennedy
  • Volunteers are put into service in communities around the world
  • Peace Corps has been present in more than 60 countries for the last 62 years

The role of Peace Corps volunteers

02:21 - 02:49

  • Volunteers live and work in a community, integrating into the local culture
  • They learn the local language and serve for two years
  • The premise is to create relationships and connections that last a lifetime

The impact of Peace Corps volunteers

07:13 - 07:42

  • Volunteers develop competencies and bring them back to the United States
  • The educational achievement of students is a measure of impact
  • Peace Corps has a long-term impact on goodwill and relationships

The makeup of Peace Corps volunteers

04:23 - 04:40

  • There is no typical volunteer, ranging from young to old
  • Volunteers come from various backgrounds and professions
  • The majority have a college degree and go on to careers in service or other fields

Success metrics of the Peace Corps

07:42 - 08:07

  • Metrics include competencies of volunteers, educational achievements, and long-term impact
  • Goodwill towards America and building skills among the core are important measures

Demand for Peace Corps volunteers

11:31 - 12:00

  • Countries want more Peace Corps volunteers, with some requesting thousands
  • COVID-19 pandemic affected demand and awareness in the United States

Challenges in recruiting Peace Corps applicants

14:41 - 15:06

  • Applications and qualified applicants are down due to various factors
  • Job opportunities and societal changes may affect interest in Peace Corps service

Personal experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer

19:13 - 19:35

  • Serving in Romania involved working with small businesses during a transition period
  • Living in Malawi provided insights into the challenges and joys of community life

Finding purpose, meaning, and connection in service

30:13 - 30:39

  • Purpose, meaning, and connection are key factors in finding happiness
  • Peace Corps offers opportunities for personal growth and making a difference
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