Peace Corps Reviews

Updated July 18, 2015
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Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet
Carrie Hessler-Radelet
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Pros
  • You get to learn a new language and understand a different culture the way many will never get the opportunity to (in 33 reviews)

  • Supervisors are host country nationals (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • Admin doesn't quite understand the realities of being a volunteer, but that depends country to country (in 23 reviews)

  • There is a five-year rule in place which means most who work for Peace Corps cannot make a long-term career out of it (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Peace Corps Volunteer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Awesome work environment -Get to do what you love -Coworkers are friends for life -Put right into a new culture, you are quite often put at supervising roles

    Cons

    -Volunteer job so you are not making any money -Staff can range from great to downright terrible. Top leaders can be oblivious to issues -Medical issues are sometimes ignored, and trying to get medical work done after service is a huge pain.


  2. Great environment with amazing diversity

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    Current Employee - Regional Recruiter
    Current Employee - Regional Recruiter

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, lots sick leave, vacation, and other government benefits, best part is the ability to telecommute once a week.

    Cons

    Only a 5 year term, lots of turnover since people are always looking for the next job even though they are very satisfied.


  3. Peace Corps Regional Recruiter

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    Current Employee - Regional Recruiter in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Regional Recruiter in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    like-minded, small, close-knit staff. Lots of flexibility in planning our campaigns and the outreach activities we conduct; job security, although you are working within a 5-year term limit

    Cons

    Government bureaucracy, although this isn't bad in a small agency like ours.


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  5. Diverse and fun agency

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    diverse and fun atmosphere to work at

    Cons

    can only work there 3-5 years


  6. excellent people and great place to make a difference as a full time employee in the agency

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    Current Employee - Regional Recruiter in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Regional Recruiter in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great relationships with talented people who care, fun at work, light-hearted environment, and fair compensation.

    Cons

    Some level of fed gov bureaucracy can't be totally eliminated

    Advice to Management

    it would be great to have paid maternity leave


  7. Great People to Work with - highly educated, well-traveled and interesting

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    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Smart, effective team members. Multi-cultural atmosphere.

    Cons

    Turn-over can be high and managers taking the best staff from other teams can be a challenge.


  8. One of the best experiences of my life and career

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - The experience of working with a community to develop the skills, projects and initiatives that are important to them - Incredible autonomy to initiate and facilitate secondary projects within the community - Opportunity to integrate into a different culture - Flexibility and autonomy allow for development of great leadership skills that can be put to use in any job or career opportunity

    Cons

    - Reintegration can be difficult after Peace Corps service - Not a ton of support for volunteers to work together on projects across regions

    Advice to Management

    - Support collaborative volunteer projects - Additional services to help volunteers reintegrate post service


  9. Peace Corps Volunteer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    You get to live abroad and gain international work experience.

    Cons

    It is a volunteer position so you wont be saving any money.


  10. Worth the pain.

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    Current Employee - Agroforestry Extension Agent in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Agroforestry Extension Agent in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Unbelievably unique opportunity to gain a global perspective and complete projects from inception to completion. The kind of experience you will carry with you for the rest of your life.

    Cons

    Often very difficult living conditions along the lines of no electricity or running water and extreme weather. You must be on duty 24/7 and witness some harsh injustices.


  11. An amazing adventure

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a way to see life from a completely new perspective and do something truly worthwhile.

    Cons

    Many people cannot sacrifice so much of themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing, I loved my time.



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