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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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    • Career Opportunities
    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
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    The adventure of a lifetime

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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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    Peace Corps is a fantastic agency to work for.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regional Recruiter
    Current Employee - Regional Recruiter

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Competitive salaries with annual raises, great mission-based work, awesome coworkers. Lots of autonomy for regional offices and opportunities to work on varying projects. Great work-life balance with flex time and telework policies.

    Cons

    Regional offices dont provide the upward mobility working at headquarters does. The 5 year rule is also difficult to work around and results in a phenomenal loss of institutional memory.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dont ask for your employees opinions if you've already got a plan that you're moving forward with.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Peace Corps Volunteer Review

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    Current Employee - U S Peace Corps Volunteer
    Current Employee - U S Peace Corps Volunteer

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

    Pros

    Best experience of my life. I had a great village and people to work with. The primary project I was assigned wasn't really viable when I got to my village so I had to utilize relationship building to understand needs in the community and then build secondary projects that were challenging and meaningful to the communities I worked in. It was a really great experience to understand myself, how I work, and gain a global perspective.

    Cons

    If you are not a self-starter or work well in ambiguous work setting you may have a hard time.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Epic experience in Niger

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Cross-cultural sharing, learning a new language, making life-long friendships, experiencing the challenges and opportunities of the developing world

    Cons

    Difficult transitions - both going into and coming out of Peace Corps. But these transitions in themselves are excellent learning and personal development achievements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open Peace Corps programs in more countries. Increase visibility/ awareness of Peace Corps in the US.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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