Peace Corps Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet
Carrie Hessler-Radelet
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Pros
  • You get to learn a new language and understand a different culture the way many will never get the opportunity to (in 33 reviews)

  • Supervisors are host country nationals (in 22 reviews)

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

  • There is a five-year rule in place which means most who work for Peace Corps cannot make a long-term career out of it (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Grassroots development experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great opportunity to engage in grassroots development, intercultural experience, and professional development.

    Cons

    Management of volunteers varies country to country.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Peace Corps Volunteer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Flexibility, Can choose your work and schedule, Learn new language and culture, employment opportunities and chances to pay off student loans

    Cons

    Can be very diplomatic, the process to get things done can be very long, sometimes you have little input to what you get to do

    Advice to Management

    Work closer with volunteers to understand how to serve them to carry out their projects. Offer more advice on how to accomplish projects and allow colabortation


  3. Community Youth Development Mongolia

    Former Employee - Community Youth Development in Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)
    Former Employee - Community Youth Development in Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    You'll gain more than you give, supportive staff who tries to help you succeed, make life long connections.

    Cons

    Must improve support to disabled volunteers, in service medical and post service care could improve. More support to RPCV's.

    Advice to Management

    Give us better ways to make out service marketable to employers in law and business fields. Improve post service medical.


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  5. U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Windhoek (Namibia)
    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Windhoek (Namibia)

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Help people in developing country to improve education, health, business skills and other.
    Travel and work experience in foreign country.
    Meeting like-minded individuals.
    Learning, living and sharing a cultural experience much different than the U.S.

    Cons

    Monthly stipend is much less than Namibian colleagues earn!

    Advice to Management

    Treat volunteers as adults; let us make our own decisions including where/when to travel and how to do so (automobile rental should not be such a challenge).

    Continue to explore ways to improve recruitment (too many volunteers use PC as a grad school boost or travel opp only - not really interested in their project)

    Consider increasing compensation to entice mid-career or retired professionals


  6. Tough but worth it

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

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You will learn so much about yourself and the world we live in

    Cons

    It can be very lonely. Be prepared to live out of your comfort zone.


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    Community Economic Development Volunteer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Peace Corps (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good training before site placement (Mongolia).

    Cons

    Needs better site evaluation before placement.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Hardest Job You'll Ever Love

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nothing else in the world like being a volunteer. Amazing job and life learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Challenging work environment. Be prepared for loneliness.


  9. Peace Corps Review

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

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Freedom to pursue independent projects, field work, sustainability, health education, community development.

    Cons

    Accountability, isolation, guidance, management, distance.


  10. Advertising agency

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Made up of senior talent, we deliver big results with more flexibility and more efficiency than larger agencies. We help our clients succeed because we're good, not because we're big.

    Cons

    Respect Reklama is a small yet mighty firm.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to Management


  11. Character Defining Job

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

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Incredibly rewarding, easy to gain skills and perspective on life, great healthcare benefits, excellent hands-on international development experience and training, opportunity to gain fluency in a foreign language, reasonable stipend rewarded at the end of contracts

    Cons

    government bureaucracy, overly strict personal conduct policy, lengthy and complicated application process, unpaid position (though it does come with a small monthly stipend), 27 month minimum commitment

    Advice to Management

    Loosen safety and security restrictions on Peace Corps Volunteers, allow for more personal leave time, provide more project sector-related in-service training, change the cash-in-lieu of a plane ticket policy to compensate the full price of plane tickets after service



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