Peace Corps Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
386 Reviews
4.3
386 Reviews
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Peace Corps Acting Director 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.  

    You'll come back a changed, person. I did.

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

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

    Pros

    You have the freedom to explore your professional interests while having the network of volunteers and staff assist you. You can make it as meaningful as you want it. I keep things busy and had plenty of experiences that I can pull from, even several years later

    Cons

    The hardest part is working inside of another culture -- and two years is a short time to really affect much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doing a great job

  2.  

    Strong, mission driven organization with passionate and motivated staff.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Co-workers at the Peace Corps have a strong sense of purpose (Peace Corps HQ). You can tell your work is doing good in the world and people are very friendly and welcoming.

    Cons

    The different departments in the Peace Corps could work better together. The five-year rule (most employees can only work five years at a time) has made it difficult to maintain as much institutional memory as other organizations.

  3.  

    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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  5.  

    Really is the toughest job you'll ever love

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    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.

  6.  

    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

  7.  

    Overall great experience

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    • 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
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Making a difference is cool

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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 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
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    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

  10.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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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  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
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