Peace Corps Reviews

Updated September 2, 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. Resource Specialist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I was able to start numerous projects that helped many people in my local areas.

    Cons

    Lived on a plateau in the desert or 28 months.


  2. Program & Training

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps as a contractor

    Pros

    A great organization to get your feet wet in international development especially when you're working at the grassroots level. It will greatly increase your understanding of the world around you.

    Cons

    Sometimes you're asked to do a lot with limited resources but its not really a bad thing. It just means you have to be creative (and realistic) with what you do have. It definitely keeps you thinking on your toes.

    Advice to Management

    Never lose sight of the Peace Corps goals


  3. 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.


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  5. 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...


  6. The Toughest Job You'll Ever Love

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    Former Employee - Economic and Community Developer in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan)
    Former Employee - Economic and Community Developer in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You make a real impact in the world in ways both known and unknown. The ripple effect of your work will impact generations to come after you return home. Great support from Peace Corps staff. The full power and resources of the United States government in times of crisis.

    Cons

    Sometimes under-resourced posts can develop apathy for volunteers who report problems. Not everything is a crisis, but some things are; it's hard to know the difference but with more resources, more volunteer needs could be meet in a more timely fashion.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on doing what you're doing and always look for ways to improve, especially in areas of medical care and safety and security.


  7. Rural Aquaculture Promotion Agent

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    Former Employee - Volunteer in Mwinilunga, North-Western (Zambia)
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Mwinilunga, North-Western (Zambia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    One of the most amazing adventures of your life. Meeting wonderful people, making a visible difference, and something to be proud of the rest of your life. Life unplugged.

    Cons

    Medical support is minimal, transportation sucks, you are super poor, malaria, digestive issues, people waking you up to say "How are you?" at sun rise.


  8. Nothing else like it

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    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.


  9. CED Volunteer

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    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!


  10. 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!


  11. Volunteer

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    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.



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