Peace Corps Reviews

Updated April 22, 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)

  • 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. Volunteer in Ghana

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful experience, although results will vary amongst people. Must have an open mind. Program is not perfect but gives you the basic, necessary tools to survive. Great medical care.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is a little slow. Very difficult in getting pay raises, especially when there was rampant inflation; however this wasn't necessarily their fault because they answer to the Washington D.C. office. Staff lack experience in responding to major crises.

    Advice to Management

    Management is doing a great job. Sean was a standup guy who had a very open mind which was motivational to many of my colleagues. I hope that is the current trajectory for Peace Corps Ghana.

  2. Great environment with amazing diversity

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    Current Employee - Regional Recruiter
    Current Employee - Regional Recruiter

    I have been working at Peace Corps

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, lots sick leave, vacation, and other government benefits, best part is the ability to telecommute once a week.

    Cons

    Only a 5 year term, lots of turnover since people are always looking for the next job even though they are very satisfied.

  3. Youth Development Volunteer

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    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Peace Corps gives you the opportunity to serve the public internationally. During my time I taught English, baseball, basketball, and Ultimate Frisbee. I also worked daily at an NGO in my city.

    Cons

    Peace Corps is a two year commitment that takes you to the other side of the world. You will be lonely and at times bored.

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  5. Peace Corps Volunteer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Wonderful life experience abroad for three years.

    Cons

    Not officially employed by US government.

  6. Volunteer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Gain intercultural experience
    -Learn a foreign language
    -Gain experience teaching
    -Live with host families
    -Travel and explore

    Cons

    -Staff does a terrible job finding legitimate work for volunteers to do
    -Not enough work to do for 2 years
    -Extremely mundane repetitive work, teaching kids all the time and never knowing whether you are making any difference at all
    -It is rare to gain any practical skill whatsoever

    Advice to Management

    -Do a better job placing volunteers in sites with plenty of work to do

  7. A wonderful and short stint.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Great people and wonderful office attitude

    Cons

    I cannot think of any! If you can get a job in the building you will enjoy it.

  8. As a peace corps volunteer you really work for yourself and your community.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Hardest job you'll ever love, right?

    Cons

    Representing the long arm of American soft power projection.

  9. Work on communications and technology for recruitment

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great mission
    Relaxed environment
    Staff is passionate about what they do

    Cons

    Lack of strategic direction and planning
    Many staff (especially appointees) afraid to take risks and try new things
    Terrible technology infrastructure; feels like you're operating in 2007

  10. Peace Corps Regional Recruiter

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regional Recruiter in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Regional Recruiter in San Francisco, CA

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

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

    Pros

    like-minded, small, close-knit staff. Lots of flexibility in planning our campaigns and the outreach activities we conduct; job security, although you are working within a 5-year term limit

    Cons

    Government bureaucracy, although this isn't bad in a small agency like ours.

  11. Health Volunteer (Mozambique)

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of freedom to pursue your own interests, whether that be a project or drinking. Full health coverage. They keep you safe.

    Cons

    Can be hard to get projects going because your host-country counterparts may not be motivated. Peace Corps is limited in the support it can provide here.

    Advice to Management

    Don't assume that a PCV can accomplish anything they want as long as they try hard enough. Otherwise, keep up the good work.

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