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"Meaningful work in unstructured environment"

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Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Washington, DC
Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Washington, DC
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Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Great people, make a difference, learn about yourself. Experience working abroad for USgov agency is good practice for other jobs with flaky management and unpredictable environments

Cons

Management cycle regularly so there is little institutional memory. Volunteers are expected to fend for themselves and solve their own problems, sometimes in very trying or challenging situations. Little funding for capital/documentation/overhead, so things are more difficult than they should be.

Advice to Management

Create more enduring support structures for volunteers

Other Employee Reviews for Peace Corps

  1. "Satisfying Experience"

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    Former Employee - Campus Recruiter and Former Volunteer in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Campus Recruiter and Former Volunteer in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    In general PC does what it says it does, for very little money, and for some of the poorest nations/peoples on the planet. Very good at language training (usually) and puts people on a good pipeline for further international work.

    Cons

    Often hire staff who failed at village or community-level volunteer positions, simply based on the fact that they are more visible in the capital cities (meaning they aren't in their communities). Not selective enough in selecting volunteers. Too vulnerable to changes in U.S. leadership (Congress e.g.). Hire senior staff for U.S. positions who were never volunteers.

    Advice to Management

    Take a good look at who has been effective on the ground. They are usually not selecting themselves to come to the capital cities or to join special committees but staying put and getting projects completed at the community level. Focus more on local languages than on colonial languages, or at least do both. Consider going into countries where security risks are a challenge rather than always wussing out and fearing for your reputation over helping those in need.


  2. "Epic experience in Niger"

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    Former Employee - Volunteer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cross-cultural sharing, learning a new language, making life-long friendships, experiencing the challenges and opportunities of the developing world

    Cons

    Difficult transitions - both going into and coming out of Peace Corps. But these transitions in themselves are excellent learning and personal development achievements.

    Advice to Management

    Open Peace Corps programs in more countries. Increase visibility/ awareness of Peace Corps in the US.

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