Peace Corps Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
403 Reviews
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403 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 32 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 22 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Great Experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Once in a lifetime experience to work in a community that you would not have otherwise had access to. If you are interested in living overseas, PC is a great way to try it without incurring as much risk.

    Cons

    Definitely some challenging times living in another culture and being away from any real structure. Teaches you how to manage yourself.

  2.  

    Multiculturally diverse and inclusive environment but a little behind on tech innovation.

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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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The place is very internationally diverse. People are generally friendly, nice, inclusive, curious and respectful of other cultures and languages. There are lots of professional development opportunities- mainly because of the high turnover rate- you have to learn quick and be open to getting many duties as needed assignments (this depends on the dept).

    Cons

    A challenge of working here is that work-life balance varies by dept. and there is no consistency. It seems that only those who are pregnant, have kids, or have families can telework. Professional development also varies by dept. You often have to relate professional development classes to your job-- how about if you've excelled at your entry/mid-level position? Are you given to grow outside of your position to a career after Peace Corps? Again that depends on your dept's leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more work-life balance opportunities- be consistent in enforcing it. Have more professional development opportunities that would truly allow you to grow outside of your present position.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Former Peace Corps Volunteer who served in two countries

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    As a Peace Corps Volunteer, you receive world-class language, cultural, and position specific training in-country. Further, the Peace Corps has a great reputation which will follow you after your tenure

    Cons

    As a government entity, the Peace Corps is susceptible to slow government response times and red tape when it comes to seeking to receiving feedback and proposing new ideas.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Community Health Promoter

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

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    every day is an adventure. amazing life and career experience. learn another language, learn more about yourself and your strengths and challenge yourself every day.

    Cons

    cultural norms can be difficult to adjust too, requires great patience and flexibility, challenging readjustment back to the usa, staff support varies from country to country

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Wonderful but admin headaches

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    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    An experience like no other! Seriously, working for two years in a small village in the middle of nowhere changed my life. Good networking opportunities for after.

    Cons

    Admin doesn't quite understand the realities of being a volunteer, but that depends country to country.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust the volunteers

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  7.  

    Great place to work!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Peace Corps has a friendly atmosphere with a lot of flexibility for alternative work schedules. It is a great place with a great mission. Because it is a government agency the benefits are great.

    Cons

    This is a government agency, so there is a lot of bureaucracy. Also, you will be stuck on the government pay schedule, so it is difficult to progress quickly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Confused... but I still learned a lot from the experience as a volunteer.

    • 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

    Pros

    Learning the spoken language
    Culture Training
    Great support from staff and fellow volunteers. Very caring, understanding, and compassionate
    You will learn a lot about yourself and the world

    Cons

    Loneliness and Isolation
    Culture Shock and homesickness
    Bureaucracy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    It is what you make it

    • 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

    Depending on your program, you may have a large amount of flexibility. Depending on your superiors, you may have a great time.

    Cons

    Depending on your program, you may have a large amount of flexibility. Depending on your superiors, you may have a great time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    great!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Pros

    locals,food,culture,dancing,scenery is great to look at

    Cons

    staff can be distant from us

  11.  

    As a Volunteer, it was an ideal fit for me.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Learn a new language, travel, challenge yourself in ways that are truly unique and gain experience for International Development.

    Cons

    Doing bureaucratic reports about your work, following hardline rules for safety/security, the stresses of living far away perhaps in an isolated place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on making a tighter fit between a potential Volunteer's skills and their placement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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