Peace Corps
4.3 of 5 352 reviews
www.peacecorps.gov Washington, DC 1000 to 5000 Employees

Peace Corps Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2014
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4.3 352 reviews

                             

95% Approve of the CEO

Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet

Carrie Hessler-Radelet

(88 ratings)

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    Amazing place to work!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsMost challenging but rewarding experience of my life! Peace Corps offers an amazing opportunity to give back through service and work with really great people.

    ConsExpect to be flexible! Learn how to make do with limited resources; it is a key component for success. The toughest job you’ll ever love!!

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

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    Hardest Job You Will Ever Love

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsYour service is what you make it. You can really get involved in the community, in your work, and in friends and have a lasting impact long after you leave.

    Cons.. or, you can be sad, lonely, depressed, and miserable. It's your choice. It is what you make it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAttract new volunteers just like every other company is doing.. Make it worth their time and lives by offering them jobs after!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great organization if finding value in your work is important to you.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsTravel, challenge and essentially managing your own schedule and projects

    ConsLimited oversight from management made certain projects difficult to complete

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    Great life experience

    Peace Corps Volunteer (Former Employee)
    Jalapa (Nicaragua)

    ProsCultural/language/technical training, the host country staff is great and I grew so much as a person during my 27-month service.

    ConsThings are SLOW with DC. Reimbursements, medical requests all took a very long time to be "approved" by DC and then getting back to me.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Truly the hardest job you will ever love

    Peace Corps Volunteer (Former Employee)
    Asuncion, Central (Paraguay)

    ProsYou have time by yourself, but also make amazing friends halfway around the world. You learn how to be creative, to be a self-starter, and to not give up. You learn how to embrace failure and ask for support. And you may just learn a language that you will never use again.

    ConsNot a lot of support in some countries. I was lucky and had an amazing Peace Corps team, but I have heard that is not the same in all countries.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Training, Work, and Travel

    English Teacher Trainer (Former Employee)
    Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)

    ProsAs a volunteer and as a staff member, I have seen PC from different angles. I was able to spend more than 2 years as a paid-volunteer overseas. In that time, I learned a new language, a new culture, and international experience. I was well taken care of, and I didn't spend any of my own money (except for the blood tests I had to get before I left). As an employee, I could not have had a better experience. They love their staff, and they take care of them. It is a lot of work, but I never felt overwhelmed and the benefits were great.

    ConsThe volunteer application is very long. Mine took a year, but other's took longer. You will be "roughing" it for two years. Don't expect first class accommodations. However, this is what a lot of people want out of their experience, the chance to live with locals in a developing country.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to find ways to keep volunteers safe and healthy. My experience was fine, but there is always room for improvement.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great experience! I highly recommend it!

    Community Economic Development Volunteer (Former Employee)
    Arequipa, Arequipa (Peru)

    ProsI think the pros are obvious. You get to live in another country and experience a foreign culture like very few Americans have. You gain a perspective on development that is very difficult to get anywhere else.

    ConsSometimes you do feel the bureaucracy of the Federal Government. The pros outweigh the cons.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHelp out your volunteers when they need it.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsBeing a Peace Corps Volunteer is an incredible experience. I loved my community, the high quality language instruction, and the community development projects in my country.

    ConsPeace Corps is a demanding experience, emotionally and physically. I would encourage all applicants to deeply reflect on whether or not this type of experience is right for them.

    The bureaucracy is frustrating, no matter what country you are in.

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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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    A challenging experience that builds character and helps one understand how the developing world operates.

    CED Peace Corps Volunteer (Former Employee)
    Okongo (Namibia)

    Pros- Being able to work with diverse groups of host country nationals (HCN) and hear their stories.
    - Clearly seeing the results of your and your colleagues' work.
    - The ability to use a wide range of skills and having the freedom to take part in a number of unique projects.
    - Becoming an expert in the country and part of the world that you are assigned to.
    - Gaining basic proficiency in a foreign language.
    - Becoming integrated in and very close to a host family and a, typically small, host community.

    Cons- Peace Corps Pre-Service Training (PST) is often too broad and not specific or technical enough.
    - The potential and quality of volunteer sites often varies dramatically.
    - Peace Corps staff, like sites, vary dramatically in both ability and knowledge which can be frustrating.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe Peace Corps has a huge amount of potential. However, more technical training needs to be provided during PST on policies and document formatting requirements specific to the country that a group of volunteers is serving in. For example, providing more technical information during PST could help ensure that volunteers did not waste months of their time assisting HCNs with writing business plans and government contract bids that did not actually meet the basic requirements of the country's financial institutions and government offices. This was a situation I observed firsthand, on numerous occasion, during my own service that could have easily been rectified with a few additional country specific community economic development technical training sessions during PST.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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