Peace Corps Reviews

Updated September 1, 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. Behavior Change Agent, Peace Corps Senegal

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Health Volunteer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Health Volunteer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Working on the ground in a developing country is a once in a life time opportunity. Never again in your life will you make the connections, struggle through the cultural mishaps, and work as hard for so little accomplishment as you will in the Peace Corps.

    Cons

    The quality of your administration dictates 50% of your success in PC. Unfortunatley, this organization falls prey to the same issues of many government organizations. Poor management chains, extreme lack of communication, and understaffed personal. Fortunately you can go almost your whole service without interacting with administration if you so choose.

    Advice to Management

    Start caring openly about the success of your volunteers and make it a point to communicate that their success is your goal. Nothing would help you more than to ender your work force to its administration. (Peace Corps Senegal)


  2. 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.


  3. Health volunteer in Malawi

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    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Kasungu (Malawi)
    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Kasungu (Malawi)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - A chance to experience development on the ground and see the problems there - The opportunity for relationship building with other volunteers and host-country nationals is like no other - Gives you the chance to jump right in, get your hands dirty, and do meaningful work in your community - I hear that the new application process is simpler than ever and gives you some say in your placement - Great first experience for young professionals who want to work in international development

    Cons

    -New PEPFAR funding guidelines has reduced volunteers' flexibility to make their service their own and sometimes focus on the problems that their community prioritizes - Obvious resource constraints at local workplace and home


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  5. Nothing else like it

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Gives you plenty of time to stretch your limits and learn new things Immerse yourself in another culture/language 2 paid days of vacation per month that accrue, free health care, and other great benefits both during and after service

    Cons

    Pay is very low by U.S. standards; very little opportunity to save Can feel isolated at times in site Not much direction given from management

    Advice to Management

    I know the budget you get to work with is small, but staff can get overworked, so bringing in more people would help distribute the load better.


  6. CED Volunteer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CED Volunteer in Nosara (Costa Rica)
    Current Employee - CED Volunteer in Nosara (Costa Rica)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Personal face to face living in a community for 2 years, becoming a part of the community. Multiple type language, skill classes to offer and entrepreneurship courses and coaching.

    Cons

    Depending on the location, loneliness can be a issue.

    Advice to Management

    Great Support for those in field!


  7. Program Specialist

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    There is supportive staff and the benefits are good. Excellent equipment and lots of vacation days. It is doing good work supporting the mission.

    Cons

    Lots of travel and supervision staff not well trained. Some processes are antiquated. Small office so limited room for growth.


  8. Volunteer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CPPE Teacher in Kibuye (Rwanda)
    Current Employee - CPPE Teacher in Kibuye (Rwanda)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Peace Corps is a very rewarding organization to work for. You have an assigned job, and on top of that you can do as much or as little as you want or are able to do.

    Cons

    Volunteering for the Peace Corps is frustrating. Sometimes living in a foreign culture is more than you can handle, and there is a lot of luck involved in getting a good fit at your site.


  9. RPCV--->Staff

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Peace Corps (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Great people -Diverse Staff -lots of options to move around -service minded individuals -great events -lots of opportunities for RPCVs

    Cons

    -bureaucracy -it takes a while to get stuff done -if youre unlucky you get stuck in a boring job with few options for movement -some individuals in HR can be pretty slow to respond,there are some stars and some duds


  10. Volunteer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Agribusiness Advisor
    Current Employee - Agribusiness Advisor
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    PCVs accumulate a lot of hands-on development experience in their host country and the cultural-exchange aspect of Peace Corps in unparalleled.

    Cons

    The majority of Volunteers lack previous professional experience in their assigned field, which can lead to ineffectiveness at work. A PCV's success ultimately depends on how motivated his/her work partners are in their community.

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps, improve technical training and Volunteer support. Each PCV's experience is different from the other. I underestimated how extreme the emotional highs and lows of living in an isolated community for two years could be.


  11. bureaucracy abroad

    Current Employee - English Language Education Volunteer in Orinda, CA
    Current Employee - English Language Education Volunteer in Orinda, CA

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

    Pros

    unique way to experience a different culture.

    Cons

    a government org, so there is a LOT of red tape to work through when you want to do a project with your community



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