Peace Corps Reviews

Updated July 6, 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. Peace Corps Volunteer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Health Extension Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Health Extension Specialist in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Some of the best things about being a Peace corps Volunteer are: the flexibility, getting to use your creativity, learning about new people and their culture, traveling, a challenging yet rewarding work experience. One of the most important is the personal growth that you will experience in all aspects of your life.

    Cons

    You may not see the results of your hard work right away if at all. Can be quite challenging at first, as you learn a totally new system, country, people and their values as you try to do something rewarding and exciting.

    Advice to Management

    I appreciate the goals set by the organization, and the intensive training for volunteers that is provided. I would ask for maybe a few more training refreshers that are current and relevant for in country staff members.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Community Economic Development Volunteer

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

    I worked at Peace Corps (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good training before site placement (Mongolia).

    Cons

    Needs better site evaluation before placement.


  3. Press Office Intern

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Press Office Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Press Office Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Peace Corps as an intern (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I loved my experience at Peace Corps. My supervisors taught me so much about public affairs and communications and I got to write numerous press releases as well. The staff is caring and friendly and happy to let you into the "behind the scenes" work and follow your own interests.

    Cons

    I have no complaints about my time at the Peace Corps. It's a great location with great staff and many career opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    I would recommend more checkins with the interns throughout the semester. Being able to get involved with new projects and bigger roles was great and has definitely helped in my current job.


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  5. Health Volunteer (Mozambique)

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of freedom to pursue your own interests, whether that be a project or drinking. Full health coverage. They keep you safe.

    Cons

    Can be hard to get projects going because your host-country counterparts may not be motivated. Peace Corps is limited in the support it can provide here.

    Advice to Management

    Don't assume that a PCV can accomplish anything they want as long as they try hard enough. Otherwise, keep up the good work.


  6. Woth the experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Washington, DC

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Adventure, expansion of cultural horizons, experiences you'll never forget...and great job experience. Leadership experience like no other. Forever changes your life. Plus free health care and living expenses.

    Cons

    No pay; readjustment allowance of $275/month you get when you get home. Hardships include doing without many modern conveniences, health risks.

    Advice to Management

    There's absolutely no attempt to track the efficacy of previous work in each country, despite the constant litanies about monitoring and evaluation. Tremendous bureaucracy.


  7. Helpful (1)

    An Excellent Place to Work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -The unbeatable PC mission
    -Great work/life balance
    -Phenomenal coworkers!
    -Shared sense of purpose
    -Diverse people and perspectives
    -Strong cadre of managers, many of whom are willing to mentor and promote their staff
    -Lots of interesting speakers and events that foster collaboration across offices, USG, NGOs, and RPCV community
    -Free yoga, pilates, and zumba sessions
    -Bake-offs and potlucks galore
    -To varying degrees, managers give the space and trust necessary for creative and innovative problem solving
    -A warm and friendly atmosphere
    -Agency-wide propensity to promote from within- so once in, there is great potential for advancement
    -Visionary and inspiring leadership from Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet

    Cons

    -IT challenges, and disconnect between some systems
    -Aversion to open source platforms
    -Some roles and projects seem far removed from the basic tenant of supporting PCVs
    -Under-performers are not always held accountable
    -Sometimes work conducted without sufficient sense of urgency or purpose

    Advice to Management

    Continue to promote and support innovative thinking and problem solving. Continue giving non-managers the leeway to develop and carry out projects. Take input from everyone (as you already do), but then assertively choose the path forward.


  8. Helpful (1)

    A great place to work, with opportunities to grow, advance, learn about other cultures, and develop valuable skills.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Country Desk Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Country Desk Assistant in Washington, DC

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    -Great first job - lots of opportunity to take initiative, develop skills, and grow professionally
    -Learned a ton about international development, cultural sensitivity, continued to develop foreign language skills
    -It is unlike any other federal organization; it has an easygoing vibe, a focus on staying fresh and relevant, and feels more like a nonprofit than a government job

    Cons

    -The 5 year rule is good and bad; it's hard when your 5 years are up, but I do believe it has a big role in keeping the organizational culture so fresh
    -If you aren't a returned PC volunteer, it can be challenging to advance; most people are RPCVs, so those who aren't can sometimes feel like outsiders


  9. Diverse and fun agency

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    diverse and fun atmosphere to work at

    Cons

    can only work there 3-5 years


  10. Public Health Educator

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Public Health Educator in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Public Health Educator in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Challenge your world view, meet wonderful people.

    Cons

    Food, weather, transportation, isolation, cultural differences


  11. Peace Corps is an incredibly welcoming and friendly work environment.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are incredibly. Many are Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and are bringing in an array of cultural perspectives, which creates a dynamic and globally oriented work environment.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy. You would find this at any government agency, but sometimes it is difficult to change things or get things done.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the young people. They may not have as much experience, but they have great ideas.



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