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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated Mar 22, 2014
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4.3 358 reviews

96% Approve of the CEO

Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet

Carrie Hessler-Radelet

(90 ratings)

96% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Leadership experience, learn a new language, experience new cultures(in 31 reviews)

  • You go planning to meet really interesting Host Country Nationals (HCN) and you end up meeting some amazing fellow Americans as well(in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • Admin doesn't quite understand the realities of being a volunteer, but that depends country to country(in 21 reviews)

  • Five-year rule causes too much turn over, you need to be looking for a new job when you walk in the door(in 7 reviews)

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    Not as advertised - Namibia Health Volunteer

    Peace Corps Volunteer (Former Employee) Windhoek (Namibia)

    ProsOpportunity to see another part of the world
    Other Volunteers
    Plenty of time to yourself

    ConsThe biggest issue was lack of work. I left early largely because of this. I was not the only one. Most people I spoke with in my group had maybe 1-2 hours of real work per day (and that was if they were lucky). This is not due to laziness, this is due to lack of connections in the community and little support from the Peace Corps. If you go, be prepared to be an American ambassador more than anything else. Note: This is not a development job. I rarely heard of a project that was sustainable.

    Cons: little to no site development by Peace Corps staff, safety concerns, Peace Corps does not take any negative feedback from volunteers seriously

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease start listening to the volunteers that leave early instead of blaming them. This program has some major flaws that need to be addressed.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Stressful Environment of Office of Budget Analysis

    Office Assistant (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    Pros-Work with lots of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) who are passionate about their experiences, and always have a good story to tell.
    -Some cool special events and guest speakers from local and international government officials.

    Cons-Extremely stressful government position dealing with possible furloughs and constantly shrinking budget
    -Stale environment on financial floor

    Advice to Senior ManagementOther offices seem to have a lot more fun, but in OBA it was extremely boring, uninteresting and stressful.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It' not the Peace Corps. It's the TEACH ENGLISH OVERSEAS CAUSE YOU CAN'T GET A REAL JOB AT HOME CORPS!

    Youth Advisor (Former Employee) Baku (Azerbaijan)

    ProsLiving in a country, learning a few critical languages, perfect if you've got a degree and can't find a job, great reason to travel. The glamor factor of the name because the outside world is clueless.

    ConsA written mission but ineffective when it comes to development work. We are NOT development workers. It's not all that it use to be. Forget using Peace Corps to get a decent job but looks great for graduate school. It's a shabby organization that has no clear direction. The sexual assault for women is outrageous and people come home with illnesses they can't get rid of. You often find yourself bored. Waste of time in hinde sight. Peace Corps has been around for 50+ years and are any countries that we serve in better? Think hard before you join. It's not all that is cracked up to be.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSet clear cut goals. Slash the amount of time volunteers need to be in country. Put volunteers in a place where real impact can happen. I won't happen at the top up. Add nutritionist and psychiatrist to your medical staff.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The toughest job you'll ever, er, tolerate.

    Peace Corps Volunteer (Former Employee) San Joaquín, Guanacaste (Costa Rica)

    Pros-Gives you unparalleled insights into another culture.
    - I made a lot of friends (host country nationals and other volunteers).
    - Allowed me to travel around Central America.

    Cons-I didn't feel like my site was adequately vetted before I got there.
    -Lack of clear job or mission.
    -Unsupported by PC staff when I had problems at my site.
    -The blame the volunteer mentality demonstrated by most of the staff.
    -Extremely rigid rules.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo a better job of vetting sites and defining a volunteer's role before they get to their sites.
    Create a more supportive atmosphere for solving volunteer problems.
    Realize that most volunteer "bad behavior" is caused by the extreme stress we are confronted with.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Peace Corps - Being a PCV Is Great - Working at HQ Can Be an Less Great

    Country Desk Officer (Current Employee)

    ProsThe mission of the agency is in theory well-intentioned. The line workers at the agency headquarters are usually nice people, mostly RPCVs.

    ConsManagement positions are largely political appointees (there are nearly thirty of them).

    Advice to Senior ManagementRe-evaluate some of the ancient practices at HQ (some things seem to be based on processes defined in the 1960s and 70s).

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