Peace Corps Reviews

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 2014
372 Reviews

4.3
372 Reviews
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Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet
Carrie Hessler-Radelet
94 Ratings

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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  1.  

    Volunteering is a Challening, Life-changing Opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Volunteer  in  Pretoria, Gauteng (South Africa)
    Current Employee - Volunteer in Pretoria, Gauteng (South Africa)

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    + Hands-on learning opportunity you'd never get in another entry-level job
    + Learn about and make lifelong friends from different cultures
    + See an interesting part of the world
    + Amazing support system
    + Everything is covered - health care, dental, vision, plane tickets, etc.

    Cons

    - Obviously living in a developing community is very challenging, isolating, and stressful
    - Sometimes Peace Corps doesn't do the best job matching volunteers with assignments, but it looks like they're trying to fix that with the new application system.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    It is what you make it.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Pros

    You can now choose where you go.

    Cons

    You might just be a political pawn somewhere..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good fit for those who are committed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer  in  Baku (Azerbaijan)
    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Baku (Azerbaijan)

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good opportunities for those who are ambitious with implementing projects.

    Cons

    Can be disheartening to fail a lot of times before succeeding

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to cultivate best practices amongst PCVs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great life changing experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Great experience, had a lot of fun

    Cons

    In country staff was not very good

  6.  

    Timeliness? Not so much. Opportunity to test yourself and experience the world? Eee, bomma le borra!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - NGO Volunteer  in  Gaborone (Botswana)
    Current Employee - NGO Volunteer in Gaborone (Botswana)

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I feel that I am part of a family of volunteers (even international ones) where we are bound together in this odd place, trying to figure out how to maneuver and support eachother. In my work with NGOs daily, I get to see beyond the reports, articles, and textbooks the dynamics of development on the ground and how messy if can be - but, also, since we have no clear job description, you can find your own strengths in working with host country nationals in developing sustainable changes (if it is possible).

    Cons

    Staff is unresponsive on the ground. We are not allowed to drive, can barely afford transport and communication, food is hard to fit in the budget if you want to go beyond grains (at least we are getting the local context), but with all this... It takes days for staff to remember to respond to a text or e- mail. Also, we need several layers of permission for basic things. Even my local friends wonder why we are sent here and expected to accomplish so much (even if we have no clear job description - we must report on and measure our activities quarterly) with few resources, bureaucratic rules, and unresponsive ness.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your volunteers and try to help adjust pay for those of us living in more expensive areas than the others. No area is the same - stop treating it that way! And please stop expecting us to have laptops, etc., then do nothing to help us get and maintain the appropriate sort.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Peace Corps is not for everybody, but I have certainly never regretted my decision to join.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - TEFL Volunteer  in  Panamá (Panama)
    Current Employee - TEFL Volunteer in Panamá (Panama)

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Opportunity to dedicate your time to something about which you are really passionate about; ability to work independently without too much bureaucratic constraint and without the boss breathing down your neck or mandating your work hours.

    Cons

    Feeling a lack of productivity. Being a full-time community organizer can make you feel like hanging out and making friends is part of your job. (Which can also be a pro.) Type-As will have to learn to relax and go with the flow in order to get people to trust you and work with you on projects. Type-Bs will have to learn to be proactive in order to get anything done in your Peace Corps site.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to be as willing as the volunteers are to get their hands dirty and deal with the unpopular and unsexy issues!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    It was life changing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - English Education Volunteer  in  Chisinau (Moldova)
    Current Employee - English Education Volunteer in Chisinau (Moldova)

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Life experience that will be a huge asset to future careers. Empowering yourself and the community where you serve.

    Cons

    Cultural challenges, weather, harsh living conditions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support volunteers fully and make sure their voices and concerns are heard.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Provides International Perspective

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer
    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Things I had read in school or in magazines became real and tangible. You are your own boss to a large extent. Explore yourself and develop life skills that you will draw from forever.

    Cons

    You don't have enough money to make lasting tangible differences. Must believe in pedagogy and teaching.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Highly Recommended for Anyone Considering a Career in Development

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Pros

    As a Peace Corps Volunteer, you are "in the trenches" of international development work on a daily basis for two years. The perspective you will gain in regards to what makes an effective development project on the ground/community level is eye-opening and invaluable if you plan to pursue development work as a career. Every day can bring something different and surprise you in the ways that you can contribute to your host community.

    Cons

    Every Peace Corps experience is very different from the next, so any of the points in this review can be viewed as pros or cons, depending on your personality, expectations, and country/community assignment. One con for me is that Peace Corps is a highly unstructured program. I was assigned to a very disorganized community and host organization, neither of which had any motivation in engage in development projects. Identifying long-term projects and training my host organization was a long and frustrating process.

  11.  

    Depends on your own experience and what you make of it

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Great way to open to your eyes to what's actually out there and learn about different culture from your own perspective instead of the media's.

    Cons

    Will need to learn to be more dependent on yourself because most likely Peace corps and your host country will not be as supportive as you would hope.

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