Peace Corps Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
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.  

    Amazing place to work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Expect 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!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  2.  

    Hardest Job You Will Ever Love

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Your 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
  3.  

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

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Travel, challenge and essentially managing your own schedule and projects

    Cons

    Limited oversight from management made certain projects difficult to complete

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  5.  

    Rewarding but challenging

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - TEFL Volunteer
    Former Employee - TEFL Volunteer

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

    Pros

    Get to live abroad, they really take care of you, get to learn a new language, you'll always have a good story in future interviews.

    Cons

    You can get stuck in a bad situation. Peace Corps isn't very responsive to individual volunteers needs if their name is on the line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should be better feedback mechanisms for discontent. I and other volunteers felt very shut out at time, especially with legitimate isses.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  6.  

    Life changing

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Pros

    The opportunity to take time out of your life to learn about others is phenomenal. We're there as ambassadors; learning about the people we're there for. The developing world is doing just that, developing.

    Cons

    The program itself is lacking; being there under the countries expectations is only appropriate if the country wants Peace Corps to develop and support. Not supplement what the country doesn't retain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the program already, JFK understood the importance of change.

  7.  

    Toughest job you'll ever love

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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

    Pros

    Autonomy to explore any projects and careers that you want, learn language and culture, be able to work with local communities and share their culture.

    Cons

    Lots of alone time or time drinking coffee with your neighbors watching dust blow by.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be great if training provided more skills in emotional intelligence skills or sessions in the soft skills... I also wish they spoke more about the political decisions of why some countries and sites are chosen.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Amazing place to work, despite term limits.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Mission-driven international agency with mission to promote world peace and friendship through service to others. Staff at every level, in every position somehow tied to this wonderful mission on daily basis. Attracts best and brightest, with idealist temperaments, caring souls, and thoughtful leaders.

    Cons

    The Five Year Rule - statutory term limit from the Peace Corps Act of 1961. Most staff can only work here for five year term limits (some exceptions for up to three years more). Benefit of non-competitive eligibility for federal employment after three years at Peace Corps is great, assuming federal employers are willing to recognize this hiring advantage.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  9.  

    Life Changing

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Everyone knows the pros of the Peace Corps. You get to travel to a foreign country for free and live like the locals. The experience is so much more than that, but you have to find out the pros for yourself.

    Cons

    Everyone has a different Peace Coprps experience. You go in understanding that you don't have a choice over where you serve, you just serve because that is what you want to do.

  10.  

    Life-Altering Journey of Self-Discovery

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    A wonderful experience, volunteering with the Peace Corps was the best job I've ever had. I discovered new things about myself, learned new languages and skills, and made friends for a lifetime. I ended up extending my service for an additional 13 months because I fell in love with my host country and fellow volunteers. There is ample opportunity to take your own unique approach to accomplishing programmatic objectives. However, I would recommend careful consideration of the sacrifices that volunteer life entails to anyone considering serving in the Peace Corps. It truly is the hardest job you will ever love but it is not for everybody.

    Cons

    The life of a volunteer can be incredibly physically and emotionally challenging. There are many barriers to success that require an extremely self-motivated personality to overcome.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve PCMO, for the good of all.

    Recommends
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  11.  

    Peace Corps volunteer experience is unique and really once in a lifetime stuff.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer

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

    Pros

    You are granted real-life opportunities for cultural exchange, adaptation, learning a new language and grassroots international development work. Every experience is totally different and special in its own ways. You are really challenged as an individual to make the most of a very unstructured and resource-low experience, however that also makes for that much more possibility and growth.

    Cons

    There is not much direct oversight of projects, so you have develop the discipline and self-initiative to create the structure and coordination necessary for effective work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Each post is different, as are the sites, so I think it is just important to be flexible and considerate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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