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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated September 21, 2017
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Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet
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  • Five-year rule and in-and-out rule (in 14 reviews)

  • Tough living conditions, language and cultural barriers- nothing that was unexpected (in 22 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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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Once in a lifetime experience! I'm very grateful for this opportunity.

    Cons

    Tough living conditions, language and cultural barriers- nothing that was unexpected

  3. "Words from a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer"

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

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

    Pros

    Being a Peace Corps Volunteer is a life changing experience. If you go into it with the right attitude, you will love it. Check your expectations at the door, and take whatever is given to you.

    Cons

    Besides the occasional bouts of illness, Peace Corps administration is creating more and more rules, regulations and standards that may feel like they are encroaching on your experience. Try to stay positive and remember that administration is trying to keep you safe.


  4. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Because of the "five year rule" most employers don't stay at the Peace Corps for ever. It is less bureaucratic than other federal agencies and it has more entrepreneurial spirit. People are very friendly in general and the work environment is dynamic and fun.

    Cons

    Because people come and go the processes and operations can be messy. It is a government agency after all and you need to know how to navigate office politics if you want to succeed.


  5. "Excellent and Rewarding Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Ability to engage in meaningful connections, see the world, experience a new culture, learn a completely foreign language, have the respect of fellow Americans during and after your service

    Cons

    Work/life balance - it's all work, monthly salary and readjustment allowance is minimal

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your volunteers! They are out in the field, and a lot could be learned from them.


  6. "Fabulous Mission"

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

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    You can't beat the mission of the Peace Corps or the dedication of their staff

    Cons

    Inexperienced acting leadership and questionable decision making


  7. "USDH - working on the ground with Peace Corps"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Mission driven culture, committed staff, grass roots development at its best, motivated Volunteers

    Cons

    Country Directors have too much autonomy, local staff are under appreciated, PCVs can rule the roost

    Advice to Management

    More frequent visits to fully understand what is happening on the ground

  8. "Good place to work, Mission-driven"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Mission and purpose is definitely what you'll find.

    Cons

    Some folks are stuck in their old ways. The wheels of change turn pretty slowly. Our IT is HORRIBLE.


  9. "Records Technician"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    It is not a stressful job.

    Cons

    Leadership could always be better.


  10. "Great way to gain overseas experience in international development"

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    Former Employee - English Education Volunteer
    Former Employee - English Education Volunteer

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

    Pros

    Long enough commitment to really settle in, get to know a new culture, and experience the ups and downs of working in the developing world

    Cons

    Experience varies widely by country and assignment


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