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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated August 15, 2018
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Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet
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Pros
  • "Build life skills, the opportunity to learn a new language" (in 45 reviews)

  • "This is a life changing experience and unlike anything else you'll ever do" (in 42 reviews)

Cons
  • "The five-year rule for employees insures a constant staff turn-over" (in 15 reviews)

  • "Far away from home for two years" (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Health Educator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Best job I ever had!

    Cons

    You have to stop doing it after 2-4 years :)


  2. "Peace Corps Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Africa, MO
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Africa, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Independence. Knowing that you are doing something good for the world. Making an impact. Learning about other cultures. Learning foreign languages. Working under extremely challenging situations daily. Making lifelong friendships with other Peace Corps volunteers. Having the ability to immerse yourself in a foreign culture.

    Cons

    Lack of support from the Peace Corps office in your home country.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing to add at this time.

  3. "Peace Corps 2210 it specialist"

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    Current Employee - 2210 IT Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - 2210 IT Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lot of good people and lots of opportunities to learn and work with modern technologies.

    Cons

    5 year term limits have people leaving once they become very competent in their positions.

    Advice to Management

    It takes time to understand an IT environment and become effective at supporting it. Hang on to good people as long as possible.


  4. "Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Great time and experience

    Cons

    None at this time right now


  5. "Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Amazing people that you meet

    Cons

    Can be stressful at times


  6. "Volunteer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    unique experience, travel, exposure to intense problem solving in resource scarce situations

    Cons

    no support, used as a mascot instead of actually being allowed and supported by staff to do work you were told you would do


  7. "ET"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Country nationals are wonderful, overall experience is life-changing for the better, amazing adventure

    Cons

    Questionable means of imperialism, projects can be ineffective, some posts need to reassess being in-country. Poor healthcare services.

  8. "Former Peace Corps Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    The staff are great and Knowledgeable
    There is room for growth while in services

    Cons

    Medical can be hard to get a hold of in country
    some policies in regards to safety are unclear in country


  9. "Take your time and do your research"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The other volunteers become like family, and you get to learn about a new place

    Cons

    Your community probably won't care much about you, and the post administration definitely won't


  10. "Peace Corps Volunteer"

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

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

    Pros

    Peace Corps is a hands on skills building opportunity. It helps build language skills, cultural understanding, and self motivation. It was a great experience

    Cons

    There is some disconnect between staff and volunteers. There is a lack of understanding and empathy for the difficulty of the job.

    Advice to Management

    Hands on training. In my opinion, all higher level staff must have been a PCV or worked in an on the ground position to truly understand the reality of the job.


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