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
Carrie Hessler-Radelet
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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.  

    Challenging and good for personal development

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Great experience living with local communities.

    Cons

    Not much mentoring when problems arise.

    Recommends
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  2.  

    Really is the toughest job you'll ever love

    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    It looks great on a resume and you get access to a huge network when you finish. It really does help you learn a lot of important skills like working in different environment, working independently, etc

    Cons

    It can be very lonely and you don't get to choose where you go. It's also hard to not make any real money for a while.

  3.  

    Well-meaning

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Amazing fellow volunteers and locals, integrating into a new culture, great language preparation, get to help people who really need it

    Cons

    Loneliness at site (only allow one volunteer per site), boring trainings, lack of federal funding, difficult to affect lasting change

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  5.  

    Overall great experience

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

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Travel abroad & have the experience of being fully immersed in another culture. Many of the staff were highly capable and motivated, great people to get to know.

    Cons

    Some poor organization in my office, communication was poor & I found it difficult to get in touch with supervisor when necessary.

    Recommends
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  6.  

    Making a difference is cool

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Helping Volunteers do great work around the world is very rewarding and attracts like-minded people that are great to work with every day.

    Cons

    Dealing with government red tape can be a very big pain and the five year rule can sometimes make it difficult to build up institutional knowledge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open to allowing employees to telework.

    Recommends
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  7.  

    Time you will never forget

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Great medical coverage while abroad. Stipend they give you to live off is very reasonable. You can feel good about the work you do.

    Cons

    Sometimes primary assignments fall through, but that is expected in a 3rd world country.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better sight development

  8.  

    Wonderfully enriching experience, extremely difficult and often frustrating. Roller coaster of 27 months!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Environment Volunteer
    Former Employee - Environment Volunteer

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

    Pros

    Being able to apply skills and help communities who have requested assistance. Working abroad and leaning a new culture. Gaining a new perspective on the developing world. Learning about the practical applications of your education.

    Cons

    Many hoops to jump through, rules and regulations associated with being a government employee. There is a culture of treating volunteers less like equals/peers in a workplace and more like students who require great supervision.

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  9.  

    The toughest job....

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Community Development Voluneer
    Former Employee - Community Development Voluneer

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

    Pros

    Meeting people from different cultures.

    Cons

    Not knowing what you will be doing, but that it expected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the concerns from PCV's in the field.

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  10.  

    Intense, difficult, isolated, incredibly educational and rewarding.

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    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer
    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer

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

    Pros

    The language training was very thorough, as was the cultural training.

    Cons

    The host country national staff was all fantastic; however, sometimes the country director and staff were not as professional. It varies so much from country to country, though, so I'm sure it's better in other places.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  11.  

    Volunteer

    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Develop project, monitoring and evaluation skills

    Cons

    Two years is not enough time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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