Peace Corps Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 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.  

    Life changing experience leading to future opportunity.

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    Former Employee - Sustainable Agriculture Extension Agent in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Sustainable Agriculture Extension Agent in Washington, DC

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Independence, self-motivated, flexible schedule, priceless perspective, short-term contract

    Cons

    Lack of structure, bureaucracy, post hardships, limited resources, short-term contact

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Be there for the right reasons

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Great international experience, helps build a really strong network, and the training helps you develop hard-skills.

    Cons

    You are a volunteer, so the pay is small, but manageable to live on.

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    GREAT experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Love it! I was sent to South Africa to live.

    Cons

    Isolation in the village can be challenging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support sending volunteers home more.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    I did youth development work from 2011 to 2013 in rural Morocco.

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    Former Employee - Youth Development Volunteer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Youth Development Volunteer in Washington, DC

    I worked at Peace Corps as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Peace Corps work is as hands-on as it gets! I enjoyed teaching English as a Foreign Language to all ages and levels of learners and leading critical skills development programs with youth, especially young women.

    Cons

    The high turnover innate to the Peace Corps allows for some gaps in the programming. I was unfortunate to be trained for my service during one of those gaps, which left me quite uncertain how to begin my service. It was an obstacle I overcame.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would advise management to nominate volunteers on the basis of their expertise and place them accordingly.

    Recommends
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    Once in a lifetime opportunity.

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    Former Employee - Volunteer Food Security Coordinator
    Former Employee - Volunteer Food Security Coordinator

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

    Pros

    It was truly an experience to be able to develop your own agenda and participate in the planning and execution of said project from start to finish. Where else where you be able to have complete autonomy of your desired work program? Plus, you get to make contacts in countless international organizations.

    Cons

    The pay is obviously lacking, and the work does not always translate into a job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  7.  

    Great opportunity and life-changing experience

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

    I worked at Peace Corps (more than an year)

    Pros

    PC Georgia staff were very supportive

    Cons

    Conditions can be difficult, so you should be prepared for independent work and high stress at times

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    Community Economic Development Volunteer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps (more than an 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
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  9.  

    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 (more than an 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
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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
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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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