Peace Corps Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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Peace Corps Acting Director 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. PCV

    Current Employee - Volunteer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Volunteer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Travel the world and learn a new language all while meeting some of the most incredible people ever.

    Cons

    You don't really make any money, but you also don't really need it. All of your basic needs are met and of course free health care is always a plus.


  2. Volunteer

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    Former Employee - Health, Water and Sanitation Volunteer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Health, Water and Sanitation Volunteer in Washington, DC

    I worked at Peace Corps (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great experience in development at the local level, definitely get more from the experience than you give!

    Cons

    It can be very isolating...


  3. The Ultimate Professional Volunteer Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Laurel, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Laurel, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The cultural experience is second to none, and its a great way to represent the US.

    Cons

    Its much tougher to re-adjust coming home than anyone guesses.

    Advice to Management

    Don't fix whats not broken!


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  5. inspiring mission and passionate colleagues

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Clear organizational vision Culture of trust and collegiality

    Cons

    The work is neither specifically international development, nor adult education so it can be difficult to frame your work to set yourself up for your next position.


  6. Peace Corps Volunteer - Agricultural Extension Agent

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    A fabulous job for finding your strengths. You need to depend on yourself in an unfamiliar place and then grow to meet people and also depend on them. You will need to take initiative, be resourceful, and work well with others. It is a great job to teach us that we (Americans) do not know all the answers. It's important to talk with and listen to the local people. You will learn that they must be involved with any project, from day one, and you and they (together) should assess the projects on a regular basis. This is a great job to learn what most other jobs will not teach.

    Cons

    It is hard at first. It is not for everyone. If you feel like you cannot continue - talk with someone else in Peace Corps that you trust before you leave. It's possible you just need a new perspective and will end up loving it!

    Advice to Management

    Someone should be ready and available to talk with volunteers at all times. They need to have a connection to someone outside of their village/work place. Make sure all volunteers are included - if anyone is a loner, watch them.


  7. Tech Transfer Consultant

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    Former Employee - Digital Marketing Consultant in Annapolis, MD
    Former Employee - Digital Marketing Consultant in Annapolis, MD
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A lot of space to and time to learn all I could about tech transfer so that I could make an enduring contribution. Able to do many different things.

    Cons

    A lack of structure that put off a lot of people. Personally, I loved it because I could widen my experience and contribution to my host-country counterparts. Many volunteers chose to languish and complain instead,

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that there is a Country Director who does not play favorites. More authority delegated to host.country program managers


  8. An amazing life experience that every citizen must do.

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    Former Employee - English Teacher in Braintree, MA
    Former Employee - English Teacher in Braintree, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You meet amazing people and are able to create great memories and help others as well as yourself.

    Cons

    They have very strict rules. And the management is slow to support volunteer's views and recommendations. Also, training and experiences vary from country to country.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more actively to advice from volunteers.


  9. Volunteer Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    invaluable field experience. Everyone knows the Peace Corps and has a very positive opinion of the organization. It's nice to be able to have such a well-known organization on your resume. In addition the personal growth and professional flexibility you have in the Peace Corps is something you might never experience again. Especially in the field of development.

    Cons

    Volunteer stipend is difficult to live on at times. It's especially difficult for those with loans. The money you get after service isn't very much either especially when you return back to US and the job market is difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! Although there needs to be more support for volunteers once they return home. The health care situation is a mess and it is very difficult to get Peace Corps to pay for medical expenses post service even though they say they pay for anything service related up to six months after returning home.


  10. Peace Corps Volunteer Leader

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at Peace Corps (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working for the Peace Corps provides you with great management, leadership, and problem solving experience.

    Cons

    I do not have any cons at this time, since each experience is so different.


  11. Peace Corps Volunteer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Difficult, undirected work environment with incredible opportunities to grow personally and professionally. The skills you gain as a Peace Corps Volunteer can easily transfer into any career path, domestic or international.

    Cons

    Some offices are staffed by individuals who have no experience volunteering or working in remote locations, which often means that there is a large disconnect between the central office and the work of the volunteers in the field.

    Advice to Management

    Peace Corps, as a U.S. government agency, counts on a dependable flow of funds. While this is a good thing in many ways, it also means that there is very little accountability for OUTPUTS. Volunteers are required to document their work and the number of beneficiaries (the INPUTS), but little evaluation is done on the overall success of their work for the local peoples.



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