Peace Corps Reviews
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)
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)
Pros – It paid $10/hour as a work-study job.
Cons – I gained no substantive experience whatsoever, and nobody had an interest in my development. All anyone wanted me for was gruntwork, and I was the most underutilized person in the office. I spent months asking for something real to do. They simply could never come up with anything. Their internship program is ill-managed, and led to wasted time for both parties. Also, I didn't know it at the time, but working for the Peace Corps disqualifies you from working for an intelligence agency for 4 years. This has now precluded me from interning with the CIA or DIA, and I was never made aware of this.
Advice to Senior Management – Get it together.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company
Pros – Volunteers are GREAT people to have known
Cons – My program was disorganized: there were too many people sent and not enough for everyone to do. Many people ended up teaching english instead of what they were assigned to do. I was treated terribly after a medical emergency sent me back to the USA. I tried to re-apply again but was laughed at as they 'pitied' what had happened previously.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company
Pros – Great cultural & language immersion
Cons – Medical staff does not care about you; Peace Corps is solely concerned with their own reputation and image; Staff does not support volunteers; Medical issues back in the states are a much bigger issue -- Staff in DC is not timely and they make it really difficult to get reimbursed or even get in to see a specialist
Advice to Senior Management – Assign jobs before volunteers are deployed (NOT once they are in-country); Hire better & knowledgable medical staff; Cancel Peace Corps and open Response type work to the public
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
Pros – Other Volunteers are committed. The integration process of placement with host families was excellent.
Cons – Highest percentage of political appointees of ANY agency in Washington DC.
A female volunteer is more likely to be sexually assaulted while in service than a US soldier was to be killed or wounded in Iraq.
35% early termination rate
Advice to Senior Management – Hire real managers with NGO experience. Stop appointing friends with no meaningful international exposure/experience. Re-evaluate the bottom-up approach - it's outdated and ineffective.