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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
443 Reviews
4.3
443 Reviews
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Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet
Carrie Hessler-Radelet
119 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You get to learn a new language and understand a different culture the way many will never get the opportunity to (in 33 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 23 reviews)

  • Peace Corps has a "five-year rule" which limits employment and reduces institutional memory (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    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 a 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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    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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    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 a 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
    Approves of CEO
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    Great opportunity and life-changing experience

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

    I worked at Peace Corps (more than a 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

  6.  

    Community Economic Development Volunteer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps (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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    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.

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  8.  

    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 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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    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).

  10.  

    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 (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
  11.  

    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
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