Peace Corps

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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
423 Reviews
4.3
423 Reviews
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Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Leadership experience, learn a new language, experience new cultures (in 33 reviews)

  • You go planning to meet really interesting Host Country Nationals (HCN) and you end up meeting some amazing fellow Americans as well (in 22 reviews)


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

  • Peace Corps has a "five-year rule" which limits employment and reduces institutional memory (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    One of the best experiences of my life and career

    • 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

    - 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Peace Corps Volunteer

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    • 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 get to live abroad and gain international work experience.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
  3.  

    Opportunity to do amazing things abroad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Community Health Volunteer in Yaoundé (Cameroon)
    Current Employee - Community Health Volunteer in Yaoundé (Cameroon)

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Gain great international experience with minimum qualifications. Personal growth dealing with independence, project management, failure, patience, working with different cultures are unparalleled.

    Cons

    Your job description is more about what you might possibly accomplish than what you actually will be doing. It can mislead in comparison to other jobs; you will create your own job when you arrive independently. Despite a complete disconnect of your work in the field, administrative bureaucracy can still be frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure more work is done through partnerships and more continuity from one volunteer to the next.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Community Economic Development Volunteer

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

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Pros

    culture exchange
    working in development
    flexible work environment
    training

    Cons

    securing sustainability
    no work structure
    27 month commitment

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Peace Corps Volunteer

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    • 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

    Pros

    Learn a new language
    Meet amazing friends you'll have for a lifetime
    Push yourself past all your boundaries

    Cons

    After training little to no support from administrative staff
    Ambiguous program goals
    Very little transferable skills

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more in country support to volunteers and make sure PCMOs in country are actually competent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Not easy or fun, but wouldn't take it back!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Rural Health & Sanitation Extentionist in Villarrica (Paraguay)
    Current Employee - Rural Health & Sanitation Extentionist in Villarrica (Paraguay)

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    A life-changing experience that builds skills such as resourcefulness, determination, endurance... ability to overcome hardship.

    Cons

    You are totally on your own so you must be a self-starter and self-organizer in order to have a worthwhile experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work & thank you for everything.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Worth the experience

    • 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 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You get real life grassroots development practice. Peace Corps does an excellent job training you in all aspects so you are ready to hit the ground running at your site. It is truly a unique experience.

    Cons

    It is an individual experience and depends on not only how much work you put in but the work of your counterpart. Things move slower in a developing country. Can be lonely at points.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some rules are too repressive. The amount of reporting and paperwork is also a bit ridiculous.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Worth the pain.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    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.

    Recommends
  10.  

    Be entrepreneurial

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

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Personal development, laying in hammocks

    Cons

    Lack of accountability, lack of direction, lack of measurable outcomes, lack of evaluation, lack of resources

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Peace Corps Volunteer wahooooooooooooo

    • 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

    Super fun! And Ethiopian food is delicious.

    Cons

    Sometimes no power or phone network

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