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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
458 Reviews
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458 Reviews
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Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet
Carrie Hessler-Radelet
129 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.  

    Diverse and fun agency

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Pros

    diverse and fun atmosphere to work at

    Cons

    can only work there 3-5 years

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    -Opportunity to impact locals' lives
    -Meet other like-minded volunteers
    -Freedom to travel

    Cons

    -Sometimes frustrating in difficult in making "real change"
    -Psychological toll of living alone, away from peers and colleagues

  3.  

    Working for Peace Corps Mozambique

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    -Fantastic experience
    -In country staff truly cares about volunteers and does their best to ensure they are safe and happy.

    Cons

    -Could improve health care services: though I was not sick often and did not have many problems, I heard of other people getting sick and the health care staff underestimating their illness and symptoms.

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    Four Year Peace Corps Volunteer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - Great fellowship opportunities for grad school after service (best monetary advantage for doing Peace Corps)
    - Noncompetitive eligibility for government jobs, especially in DC
    - Great life experience that makes you stand out when applying to jobs or grad school (you have to sell it right though)

    Cons

    - Not really getting paid which can be a great disadvantage when you are young
    - Opportunity cost of two years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more control to what volunteers want to do along with primary assignment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    excellent people and great place to make a difference as a full time employee in the agency

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regional Recruiter in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Regional Recruiter in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Great relationships with talented people who care, fun at work, light-hearted environment, and fair compensation.

    Cons

    Some level of fed gov bureaucracy can't be totally eliminated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    it would be great to have paid maternity leave

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Public Health Educator

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Public Health Educator in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Public Health Educator in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Challenge your world view, meet wonderful people.

    Cons

    Food, weather, transportation, isolation, cultural differences

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Peace Corps is an incredibly welcoming and friendly work environment.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The people are incredibly. Many are Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and are bringing in an array of cultural perspectives, which creates a dynamic and globally oriented work environment.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy. You would find this at any government agency, but sometimes it is difficult to change things or get things done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the young people. They may not have as much experience, but they have great ideas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Overall, great place to work!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    great Mission, adventurous people, relative lack of bureaucracy compared to other federal agencies, always new groups of pcvs keep things moving

    Cons

    Loss of institutional memory because of the so called five year rule. Too risk averse, though that may be changing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Keep realistic expectations and you can have a life changing experience.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco, MO
    Current Contractor - Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco, MO

    I have been working at Peace Corps as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    -Living Abroad for 2 years
    -Flexible schedule
    -Able to adapt projects/role to desired career path.
    -Paid Health
    -Travel opportunities
    -Vacation benefits

    Cons

    -Pay = volunteer position
    -Required trainings that have no benefit to service
    -Living Conditions (Location specific)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use the resources within each country to improve resources and trainings.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    An experience to remember

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Pros

    training, training, training, training, training

    Cons

    playing favorites and no confidentiality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    not everyone should be a manager.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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