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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103 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    great!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Pros

    locals,food,culture,dancing,scenery is great to look at

    Cons

    staff can be distant from us

  2.  

    As a Volunteer, it was an ideal fit for me.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Learn a new language, travel, challenge yourself in ways that are truly unique and gain experience for International Development.

    Cons

    Doing bureaucratic reports about your work, following hardline rules for safety/security, the stresses of living far away perhaps in an isolated place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on making a tighter fit between a potential Volunteer's skills and their placement.

    Recommends
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    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Most interesting experience that I wouldn't do more than once

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps for more than a year

    Pros

    Experience things you've never thought of doing before, learn a lot about yourself, fabulous language training

    Cons

    No support from Peace Corps, Medical Staff were inexperienced and inappropriate

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    Community Economic Development Volunteer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps for more than a year

    Pros

    This was the hardest, most rewarding job that I have ever had. Through this experience I learned a knew language, was able to work with a completely different culture and learned how to handle set backs.

    Cons

    Sometimes dealing with the federal government was a hassle.The communication between the field and Washington was often times delayed and confusing.

    Recommends
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  6.  

    Hardest job you will ever love

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Experience, working abroad, community-level work

    Cons

    Application process, bureaucracy, too rigid at times

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    English Teacher, West Africa

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good medical coverage, flexible schedule. You get to live in an interesting environment with more responsibility than you will find elsewhere right out of college. If you buck the administration, you can accomplish really great and meaningful things. You have to be in it for the impact though, because the pay is third-world-chic. It is probably the adventure of a lifetime, for better and worse.

    Cons

    No nights, weekends, or holidays. Inflexible and patronizing management. Poor living conditions. Top management wants to treat you like a drone that accepts orders and obeys their checklists regardless of conditions on the ground or the needs of your partner organization. It takes courage and going directly against the wishes of management in order to accomplish the goals of the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't micromanage. Let people on the ground take the lead, and support their actions, rather than treating them like puppets or slaves.

    Recommends
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  8.  

    Great Experience

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    Former Employee - Technical Trainer  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Technical Trainer in Washington, DC

    I worked at Peace Corps as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    The company offers great training and staff development opportunities. The ideology of the organization makes it a meaningful experience.

    Cons

    May be required to deliver work that exceed work hours, Compensation only in Comp time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow for more upward mobility

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Best job of my life

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    work with little supervision on projects you develop closely with community contacts while learning a new language

    Cons

    You don't get paid much, and there's always the chance you'll get sent somewhere that you just don't like.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the hiring process competitive. You need people who are willing to go anywhere and work hard.

    Recommends
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  10.  

    Solomon Islands

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Amazing lifetime experience. Great people, both the volunteers and the locals

    Cons

    We were really isolated. No roads or any ability to get to the location of other PC volunteers.

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  11.  

    Hardest job you will ever love

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Travel, culture and opportunity. It is a great way to meet people with similar interests and a travel the world. You become part of a community in service and at home.

    Cons

    You are poor. You will miss your family. You are poor. As a government agency working with volunteers safety and security is a high priority and so often times you may feel as though you are being babied.

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO

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