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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated February 25, 2017
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Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet
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Pros
  • Life-changing experience, ability to learn a new language (in 40 reviews)

  • Being able to work with diverse groups of host country nationals (HCN) and hear their stories (in 31 reviews)

Cons
  • Five year rule of employment is awful (in 11 reviews)

  • Tough living conditions (obviously), but they make you a stronger person (in 21 reviews)

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  1. "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.


  2. "Life Changing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It will change your life for the better

    Cons

    It is difficult, very difficult at times. Never give up.

    Advice to Management

    None


  3. "Great mission"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Great mission, rewarding, great opportunity to travel and learn another language, build life-long friendships

    Cons

    physical, mental, and emotional hardships


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  5. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture and service-minded attitude among staff

    Cons

    Standard cons related to government agencies. Slow moving, some politics.


  6. "Great Place to Work"

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

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

    Pros

    Love the mission, the ambience, etc

    Cons

    Complex organization - 65 countries. Lack of institutional memory due to poor knowledge management and five year rule

    Advice to Management

    Address the five year rule with an up, across or out policy and address knowledge management issues at an agency, rather than office wide level


  7. "Peace Corps Volunteer - Botswana"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Independent, self starting work with full cultural immersion, comprehensive medical and safety support

    Cons

    Little direction given, isolation, and cultural exhaustion


  8. "PC Volunteer"

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

    I worked at Peace Corps (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to live and work somewhere you wouldn't otherwise get the chance to

    Cons

    Service is not easy and each country office is run differently


  9. "Excellent Experience to Grow Personally and Professionally"

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

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility to prioritize the projects you're interested in, especially at larger posts

    Cons

    Cultural differences between host country national staff can be difficult to adjust to, but can be overcome.


  10. "Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    It was an incredible opportunity to meet people from other places and gain new skills

    Cons

    Living away from home for two years was difficult.


  11. "Peace Corps Community Health Education Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    international experience, lots of flexibility, room for innovation

    Cons

    some people do not enjoy the lack of structure, each country differs in delivery of experience

    Advice to Management

    create better alignment between the expressed and internal values of Peace Corps



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