Peace Corps Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet
Carrie Hessler-Radelet
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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)

  • Supervisors are host country nationals (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • Admin doesn't quite understand the realities of being a volunteer, but that depends country to country (in 23 reviews)

  • There is a five-year rule in place which means most who work for Peace Corps cannot make a long-term career out of it (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    At Risk Youth Advisor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Support from my APCD was amazing

    Cons

    Life is tough and Peace Corps teaches you that. No cons for the organization. Except for the homophobia in country by the host country nationals.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Peace Corps Volunteer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Flexibility, Can choose your work and schedule, Learn new language and culture, employment opportunities and chances to pay off student loans

    Cons

    Can be very diplomatic, the process to get things done can be very long, sometimes you have little input to what you get to do

    Advice to Management

    Work closer with volunteers to understand how to serve them to carry out their projects. Offer more advice on how to accomplish projects and allow colabortation


  3. Grassroots development experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great opportunity to engage in grassroots development, intercultural experience, and professional development.

    Cons

    Management of volunteers varies country to country.


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  5. Tough but worth it

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You will learn so much about yourself and the world we live in

    Cons

    It can be very lonely. Be prepared to live out of your comfort zone.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Peace Corps Volunteer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Awesome work environment
    -Get to do what you love
    -Coworkers are friends for life
    -Put right into a new culture, you are quite often put at supervising roles

    Cons

    -Volunteer job so you are not making any money
    -Staff can range from great to downright terrible. Top leaders can be oblivious to issues
    -Medical issues are sometimes ignored, and trying to get medical work done after service is a huge pain.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Community Economic Development Volunteer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Peace Corps (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good training before site placement (Mongolia).

    Cons

    Needs better site evaluation before placement.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Hardest Job You'll Ever Love

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nothing else in the world like being a volunteer. Amazing job and life learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Challenging work environment. Be prepared for loneliness.


  9. Helpful (1)

    I lived in a rural village in East Africa and worked as a health educator.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    This is a great way to get hands-on experience with project development at a grassroot level. Lots of freedom to do things your own way, or use other volunteers as sources of ideas. Best language training program I've ever seen. Amazing sense of support from PC staff and fellow volunteers.

    Cons

    "Job descriptions" are very vague. You pretty much show up in your assigned site and figure out what your work will be and how you should go about it.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Peace Corps Health Vol

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

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Peace Corps The Gambia's Health Sector offers volunteers the chance to really make a difference. You'll be doing important work with populations that actually need public health outreach and education. You get the chance to make your experience what you want it to be. You basically design your programs entirely on your own, assessing the area needs, developing projects, and implementing and evaluating them. It's a great opportunity to increase your skill set.

    Cons

    Nearly no oversight. Few resources. If you're not a self-starter, this may not be for you. You need to be self-motivated.


  11. Character Defining Job

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Incredibly rewarding, easy to gain skills and perspective on life, great healthcare benefits, excellent hands-on international development experience and training, opportunity to gain fluency in a foreign language, reasonable stipend rewarded at the end of contracts

    Cons

    government bureaucracy, overly strict personal conduct policy, lengthy and complicated application process, unpaid position (though it does come with a small monthly stipend), 27 month minimum commitment

    Advice to Management

    Loosen safety and security restrictions on Peace Corps Volunteers, allow for more personal leave time, provide more project sector-related in-service training, change the cash-in-lieu of a plane ticket policy to compensate the full price of plane tickets after service



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