Peace Corps Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
374 Reviews

4.3
374 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 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)


Cons
  • 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)

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  1.  

    Community Economic Development Volunteer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps for more than a year

    Pros

    This was the hardest, most rewarding job that I have ever had. Through this experience I learned a knew language, was able to work with a completely different culture and learned how to handle set backs.

    Cons

    Sometimes dealing with the federal government was a hassle.The communication between the field and Washington was often times delayed and confusing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Hardest job you will ever love

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Travel, culture and opportunity. It is a great way to meet people with similar interests and a travel the world. You become part of a community in service and at home.

    Cons

    You are poor. You will miss your family. You are poor. As a government agency working with volunteers safety and security is a high priority and so often times you may feel as though you are being babied.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Solomon Islands

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Amazing lifetime experience. Great people, both the volunteers and the locals

    Cons

    We were really isolated. No roads or any ability to get to the location of other PC volunteers.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Peace Corps Experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Great life experience, excellent building block for graduate school/career.

    Cons

    Challenging, limited compensation, not for everyone (also a pro).

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    Best Experience of my life

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    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Leadership experience, learn a new language, experience new cultures

    Cons

    Being away from family and friends for so long, stomach illnesses, low wages

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better employment opportunities for RPCVs

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    The adventure of a lifetime

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    This is a good experience for those who are able to adapt to new conditions and who are self starters. The cultural immersion that most volunteers experience is unrivaled. U.S. citizens are luck to be able to avail themselves of such a unique program. The opportunity to learn language and learn to work in intercultural settings can open many doors, and the professional and social network I developed with other volunteers and RPCVs continues to be rewarding professionally and socially.

    Cons

    - You will not have much control over where you are placed
    - Level of support from Peace Corps management varies a lot from country to country and program to program

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    An experience of a life time

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    The toughest job you'll ever love, truly.
    An opportunity to make a real difference in this world and learn about different cultures.

    Cons

    A super long comittment: 2 years 3 months
    Difficult living conditions

    Recommends
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    Amazing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Great opportunity to build skills and experience

    Cons

    You're going to get sick at some point. It won't be fun.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Monumental. For the self-driven and passionate adventurer in you!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    -Free range responsibility for developing your own projects
    -Often no fixed work schedule
    -Incredible opportunity to travel and explore
    -Insight like no other into far flung parts of the world

    Cons

    -No choice of where you end up
    -Dont expect hand holding or much structure
    -Personal life and enjoyment needs to become very flexible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understandably difficult to match volunteers skills with petitioning hosts, but it would be good to listen to a volunteers stated desires and preferences a bit more when making final site selection.

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    Peace Corps Volunteer- Nicaragua

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    + Excellent staff support
    + Community placement

    Cons

    - Salary does not usually increase with inflation

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