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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated 13 Sep 2019

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Peace Corps CEO Carrie Hessler-Radelet
Carrie Hessler-Radelet
462 Ratings
Pros
  • "Learning new language & gaining intercultural skills(in 82 reviews)

  • "Opportunity to learn a new language and culture(in 48 reviews)

Cons
  • "at times the country staff can be overwhelmed by volunteer requests(in 113 reviews)

  • "Inefficiencies in work realm, isolation, language barrier(in 59 reviews)

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  1. "The Toughest Job You'll Ever Love is so true"

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    Current Employee - Volunteer 

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Make your our schedule/ and work

    Cons

    Can be isolating and emotionally tough at times

    Peace Corps2019-09-13
  2. "Peace Corps Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Making an impact in the community, experience working in multiple roles, travel, and learning languages and culture

    Cons

    Depending on your site, integration in the community might be more difficult than others.

    Peace Corps2019-09-12
  3. "Headquarters and Post are very different"

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    Former Employee - Volunteer 

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

    Pros

    Making relationships You learn a new culture New language

    Cons

    Headquarters in DC is extremely bureaucratic Unfair medical separations Each post is run very differently -- do your research on the country's program beforehand.

    Peace Corps2019-09-10
  4. "Peace Corps jobs"

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    Former Employee - Medical Assistant 

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Excellent to work with, there is always growth

    Cons

    No cons so far till date

    Advice to Management

    Pleasant environment to work

    Peace Corps2019-08-20
  5. "University Professor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    The best place to submerge yourself into a culture.

    Cons

    Some issues with staff during my service

    Peace Corps2019-08-13
  6. "Great experience if you manage your expectations"

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    Former Employee - Volunteer 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good way to get international experience - Friends and connections that can last a lifetime - Opportunities to find meaningful experience that can help with career growth no matter what field - Stipend was manageable for standard of living

    Cons

    - Site and work placements can be challenging for a variety of reasons - Staff members can sometimes be out of touch with the realities at Volunteers' sites

    Advice to Management

    Ensure that staff are properly trained and providing adequate support when it comes to work and home placements

    Peace Corps2019-08-19
  7. "Experience varies wildly from one volunteer to another"

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    Peace Corps Volunteer 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    The two years gives you enough time to actually make friends

    Cons

    Headquarters doesn't really understand how real life works

    Advice to Management

    Decide if you want to treat volunteers as professionals, or kids. Pick one or the other

    Peace Corps2019-08-19
  8. "Tough job"

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    Former Employee - PCV 

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

    Pros

    Great experience, definitely worth some of the hardships. This isn't for everyone though.

    Cons

    Country Director acted like a caged animal if anyone dared criticize her, even constructively.

    Advice to Management

    Review your job descriptions and then do what it says. How many volunteers had to go through OIG for you to do your job?

    Peace Corps2019-08-17
  9. "Positive Career Development with negative mental health repercussions"

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    Former Employee - TEFL Volunteer 

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Great intensive professional training, experiences working with little supervision, ability to make your own schedule and work-load, and cultural immersion. The experience is really what you make of it. If you decide beforehand which country you prefer, you may have a more positive experience then allowing them to "place you wherever"

    Cons

    very little support given by staff for day-to-day issues, training provided is not always applicable for all volunteers and further assistance is rarely available, favoritism and sexism can be high, there is high inequality amongst volunteers and the placements they receive that staff does not recognize or account for (one volunteer may live in a city with a high standard of living while another volunteer may be... isolated in a village without basic amenities)

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    Advice to Management

    General training does not apply to all volunteers - there must be training that takes into account the type of permanent site a volunteer will have and the type of work they will be asked to do. Support by staff during professional conflicts with locals should be more comprehensive and less discouraged

    Peace Corps2019-08-09
  10. "Great place to work, if you come in with realistic expectations"

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    Former Employee - Volunteer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    I worked at Peace Corps full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great language training for PCVs Very supportive staff Technical training during the first few months was useful

    Cons

    The Country Director of our country had a hard time listening to volunteer feedback. Also it doesn't pay well, as is expected when applying to be a PCV.

    Peace Corps2019-07-25
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