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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated Jun 13, 2014
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4.3 360 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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    Timeliness? Not so much. Opportunity to test yourself and experience the world? Eee, bomma le borra!

    NGO Volunteer (Current Employee) Gaborone (Botswana)

    ProsI 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).

    ConsStaff 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 Senior ManagementListen 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    TEFL Volunteer (Current Employee) Panamá (Panama)

    ProsOpportunity 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It was life changing

    English Education Volunteer (Current Employee) Chisinau (Moldova)

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

    ConsCultural challenges, weather, harsh living conditions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSupport volunteers fully and make sure their voices and concerns are heard.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Provides International Perspective

    Peace Corps Volunteer (Current Employee)

    ProsThings 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Highly Recommended for Anyone Considering a Career in Development

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAs 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.

    ConsEvery 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.

     

    Depends on your own experience and what you make of it

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat 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.

    ConsWill 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.

     

    Life changing

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe opportunity to take time out of your life to learn about others is phenomenal. We're there as ambassadors; learning about the people we're there for. The developing world is doing just that, developing.

    ConsThe program itself is lacking; being there under the countries expectations is only appropriate if the country wants Peace Corps to develop and support. Not supplement what the country doesn't retain.

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange the program already, JFK understood the importance of change.

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    Toughest job you'll ever love

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAutonomy to explore any projects and careers that you want, learn language and culture, be able to work with local communities and share their culture.

    ConsLots of alone time or time drinking coffee with your neighbors watching dust blow by.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt would be great if training provided more skills in emotional intelligence skills or sessions in the soft skills... I also wish they spoke more about the political decisions of why some countries and sites are chosen.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Amazing place to work, despite term limits.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsMission-driven international agency with mission to promote world peace and friendship through service to others. Staff at every level, in every position somehow tied to this wonderful mission on daily basis. Attracts best and brightest, with idealist temperaments, caring souls, and thoughtful leaders.

    ConsThe Five Year Rule - statutory term limit from the Peace Corps Act of 1961. Most staff can only work here for five year term limits (some exceptions for up to three years more). Benefit of non-competitive eligibility for federal employment after three years at Peace Corps is great, assuming federal employers are willing to recognize this hiring advantage.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Life Changing

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsEveryone knows the pros of the Peace Corps. You get to travel to a foreign country for free and live like the locals. The experience is so much more than that, but you have to find out the pros for yourself.

    ConsEveryone has a different Peace Coprps experience. You go in understanding that you don't have a choice over where you serve, you just serve because that is what you want to do.

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