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  1.  

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

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    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
  2.  

    I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo West Africa

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Incredible experience. Experience of a lifetime

    Cons

    Not much, they did a great job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Peace Corps Volunteer in Nicaragua

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Ability to live in a community for 2 years, immersion experience

    Cons

    Can be disorganized or unfocused depending on your project

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Rewarding work, with unexpected challenges

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    Former Employee - Education Volunteer
    Former Employee - Education Volunteer

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

    Pros

    For me, one of the best things about working for Peace Corps was the *amazing* pre-service language training I received. By the time I got to my site, my knowledge of the local language was strong enough to enable me to listen, pick up words, and quickly improve my speaking fluency. Also, I really love Peace Corps' philosophy of development: it's very much about getting to know your host community and helping them find ways to achieve their goals, as opposed to barging in and imposing your own vision on the community. It's the sanest way of doing international development that I know of.

    Cons

    The culture I served in had a very different way of approaching gender than what I was used to from living in the U.S. -- very different roles and expectations for men and women. That's probably always the case in Peace Corps, but we received almost no training on how to deal with this aspect of the culture. Some of the women volunteers I knew ended up in dangerous situations because they didn't realize that the boundaries between the sexes worked differently in our host country. I wish so much that our pre-service training had taken these issues into account.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The majority of Peace Corps volunteers, in my experience, are women -- so *please* give us the training we need to navigate the gender dynamics of our host countries safely!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great way to continue to make a difference!

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    Current Employee - Regional Recruiter
    Current Employee - Regional Recruiter

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, mission that's easy to support, people know and love who you work for--small talk is easy!

    Cons

    As a federal agency, things can move slowly, but I find that it's more because of safeguards put up due to public distrust of government. If this weren't the case, I think the agency would be much more productive and efficient. If you don't want to move to DC, there aren't many opportunities for advancement. A lot of people in senior leadership are political appointees, and sometimes I question whether they're the right person for their positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None really; most issues seem to be due to hands being tied by bureaucracy out of management's control

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Difficult but worth it; periods of boredom punctuated with bursts of stress and anxiety; you never stop learning.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    -Flexible schedule
    -You can work on projects that interest you, as long as their is community interest as well
    -Learning about another culture
    -Local friends
    -Plenty of time outdoors
    -Moments of incredible peace and satisfaction
    -A life changing experience

    Cons

    -Mentally challenging: can be lonely and alienating
    -Exhausting to always be visible in village
    -Peace Corps bureaucracy
    -Plans falling through, projects failing miserably
    -Always feeling like you could do more

  8.  

    The friendliest people you'll ever want to stab you in the back.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    There is a lot of love to go around in this building. The people who come to work everyday come because they care and have a common esprit de corps. There is lots of room for promotion and a great work life balance. Whats more when you leave, everyone is there to say a heartfelt goodbye.

    Cons

    Peace Corps is, at the end of the day, a government bureaucracy. Its ideals, hopes and dreams, inevitably fail to measure up to its achievements. Its political appointees pursue their own personal, Washington D.C oriented vendetta's with one another, with little regard for what goes on beyond its walls, in the Peace Corps community and with the Volunteers overseas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop bickering with one another, comport yourselves with apparent integrity, and learn to communicate better, with staff, with volunteers in the field, and with the 200,000+ returned members of the Peace Corps.

    Additionally, create a clear decision making process, one that isn't based on personal relationships, or ego, but on an understood, accepted and transparent process where the most reasoned or innovative idea wins.

    And never appoint political appointees who didn't serve as Peace Corps Volunteers. Period.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Should not be considered a government agency

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    - Postive attitudes; 90% RPCVs at HQ

    Cons

    - no continuity due to archaic 5 year rule
    - not much professionalism
    - not much productivity
    - not much business ethic
    - some jobs seem improvised
    - cult-like vibe

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much time is spent on the PC culture instead of the daily workloads. The mission needs to be reformed to fit modern day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Wonderful organization making a positive impact in developing countries.

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    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer

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

    Pros

    -skills training
    -language skills development
    -technical suppoet
    -excellent medical coverage
    -opportunities to travel

    Cons

    -long application process
    -small stipend
    -can be challenging to work in site where placed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Very fun and engaging environment.

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    Current Employee - Recruiter in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Solid and enviable mission, lots of camaraderie, never-ending office supplies.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is a headache, lots of change without much input from employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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