Peace Corps Reviews

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
392 Reviews
4.3
392 Reviews
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Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Leadership experience, learn a new language, experience new cultures (in 32 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 22 reviews)

  • Peace Corps has a "five-year rule" which limits employment and reduces institutional memory (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Be there for the right reasons

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Great international experience, helps build a really strong network, and the training helps you develop hard-skills.

    Cons

    You are a volunteer, so the pay is small, but manageable to live on.

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    GREAT experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Love it! I was sent to South Africa to live.

    Cons

    Isolation in the village can be challenging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support sending volunteers home more.

    Recommends
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    Once in a lifetime opportunity.

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    Former Employee - Volunteer Food Security Coordinator
    Former Employee - Volunteer Food Security Coordinator

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

    Pros

    It was truly an experience to be able to develop your own agenda and participate in the planning and execution of said project from start to finish. Where else where you be able to have complete autonomy of your desired work program? Plus, you get to make contacts in countless international organizations.

    Cons

    The pay is obviously lacking, and the work does not always translate into a job.

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    Had a good experience day-in/day-out, but was not a strategic way to advance professionally.

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    Former Employee - Country Desk Officer
    Former Employee - Country Desk Officer

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Working as HQ staff: 1) Great collegiality/teamwork in the office! 2) Great devotion and sense of mission! 3) You'll definitely like the people you work with and create a network.

    Cons

    In terms of career development, Peace Corps is a place where if you take an entry level job hoping for a chance to move up; then either it will happen quickly (about a year) or not at all. Don't think staying on longer will increase your chances. And in terms of salary history, you're better off working somewhere else first to establish a decent salary history and then joining staff. If you come directly from being a Volunteer you can get stuck at the bottom of the pay scale in your career for a long time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Empower staff; 2) establish a system for responding to the turnover and institutional learning issues caused by the 5 year rule; 3) Establish a baseline pay for former Volunteers joining staff - don't penalize their years of service to the nation by treating them like they have no salary history/experience.

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    Community Health Promoter

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

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

    Pros

    every day is an adventure. amazing life and career experience. learn another language, learn more about yourself and your strengths and challenge yourself every day.

    Cons

    cultural norms can be difficult to adjust too, requires great patience and flexibility, challenging readjustment back to the usa, staff support varies from country to country

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  7.  

    Wonderful but admin headaches

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    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer
    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    An experience like no other! Seriously, working for two years in a small village in the middle of nowhere changed my life. Good networking opportunities for after.

    Cons

    Admin doesn't quite understand the realities of being a volunteer, but that depends country to country.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust the volunteers

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  8.  

    Great place to work!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Peace Corps has a friendly atmosphere with a lot of flexibility for alternative work schedules. It is a great place with a great mission. Because it is a government agency the benefits are great.

    Cons

    This is a government agency, so there is a lot of bureaucracy. Also, you will be stuck on the government pay schedule, so it is difficult to progress quickly.

    Recommends
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  9.  

    Great opportunity and life-changing experience

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

    I worked at Peace Corps for more than a year

    Pros

    PC Georgia staff were very supportive

    Cons

    Conditions can be difficult, so you should be prepared for independent work and high stress at times

  10.  

    Confused... but I still learned a lot from the experience as a volunteer.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Learning the spoken language
    Culture Training
    Great support from staff and fellow volunteers. Very caring, understanding, and compassionate
    You will learn a lot about yourself and the world

    Cons

    Loneliness and Isolation
    Culture Shock and homesickness
    Bureaucracy

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    Positive Outlook
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  11.  

    It is what you make it

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Depending on your program, you may have a large amount of flexibility. Depending on your superiors, you may have a great time.

    Cons

    Depending on your program, you may have a large amount of flexibility. Depending on your superiors, you may have a great time.

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