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Peace Corps Peace Corps Volunteer Reviews

Updated September 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Life-changing experience, ability to learn a new language (in 41 reviews)

  • It was a life changing experience that was possible through this organization (in 34 reviews)

Cons
  • Five-year rule and in-and-out rule (in 14 reviews)

  • Tough living conditions, language and cultural barriers- nothing that was unexpected (in 23 reviews)

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  1. "Best experience of my life"

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    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Learning a new culture and adapting to a new lifestyle
    - Getting to know people I never thought I'd meet
    -Great Benefits!

    Cons

    -There seems to be a disconnect between Washington D.C. and Volunteers on the ground level
    - Student loans are only deferred. There should be loan forgiveness options


  2. "Peace Corps Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps (More than a year)

    Pros

    Being a Peace Corps Volunteer is a life changing experience. You not only learn a new language, learn new technical skills, and expand your education, but you meet new people and gain a new family. After service, there is a large network of RPCVs in the US willing to reconnect with fellow volunteers and share stories.

    Cons

    You might get sick (stomach bugs...)

  3. "Peace Corps Volunteers"

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    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    the People, Environment, Skills learned, Admin Support, Culture, Benefits while in country, and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

    Cons

    Pay, Medical services, and difficulty communicating with directors in times where safety situations are rapidly evolving.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to volunteers and continue to support those struggling with health concerns.


  4. "Peace Corps Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Jackson Heights, NY
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Jackson Heights, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    If you want to adapt to a new culture, learn a new language, and really get to know a place and its people, this a great job.

    Cons

    Be prepared to live without electricity, reliable transportation, television, etc. This a pro and a con, but if you're put in a remote location, you won't have much intereaction with Peace Corps staff or other volunteers. It can be lonely, and staff may not understand your site or be equipped to help you.


  5. "Different, Enriching Experience"

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    Former Employee - Returned Peace Corps Volunteer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Returned Peace Corps Volunteer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Got to work on a wide variety of projects with many different types of organizations. Discovered a fascinating, new area of the world and learned a new language. Staff friendly, responsive and open to new project ideas.

    Cons

    Sometimes sites can be very remote, with limited access to Internet, running water and/or electricity. Traveling can also be a hassle, with roads and/or cars not being in great condition.

    Advice to Management

    With Peace Corps looking to expand, it's important to hire more staff/support assistants, which are currently being overworked.


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    "Peace Corps Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps (More than a year)

    Pros

    The staff is wonderful--they make a point to engage with every volunteer. I felt very safe with the safety and security team a phone call away, the medical team took every ailment seriously, and when visiting headquarters, every staff member would stop to chat. There's a very positive community there.

    Cons

    My health was less than great for two years, but that's due to the environment rather than because of Peace Corps.


  7. "Peace Corps Volunteer"

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

    Pros

    Singular opportunity to know and understand another culture, forge incredible friendships (with community members and other PCVs), and witness the benefits that strong grassroots efforts can yield.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to abide by the many many rules that PCVs are expected to follow. That being said, most rules are in place to protect volunteers' safety.

  8. "Good experience"

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

    Pros

    Unforgettable experience, foreign languages learned, and opportunity for development of technical skills and much much more

    Cons

    Administration by HCNs and American staff isn't the best, and you're really on your own, except for the many rules that PC expects you to follow even though that may be impossible at some times...


  9. "You definitely won't be a voluntourist!"

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    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Peace Corps (More than a year)

    Pros

    Peace Corps truly is the hardest job you'll ever love. Incredibly challenging but infinitely rewarding.

    Cons

    Your life is your job, there is no boudaries often times between your personal and professional life.


  10. "Kyrgyzstan PC service"

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    Former Contractor - Peace Corps Volunteer in Fort Collins, CO
    Former Contractor - Peace Corps Volunteer in Fort Collins, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I learned a new language and met so many beautiful people. Living abroad with a family was a very valuable experience. So many new friends.

    Cons

    The food was bad and you are homesick all of the time. I also pretty sick the whole time I was there.

    Advice to Management

    You need to be more understanding of volunteer's lives and struggles. I believe you need to give us more room and let us do what we think is best. More support!