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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated May 23, 2018
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Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet
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Pros
  • Learn a new language and how to navigate a new culture (in 45 reviews)

  • This is a life changing experience and unlike anything else you'll ever do (in 41 reviews)

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  1. "Great people with great effort"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of Programming and Training in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director of Programming and Training in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Mission centered staff at all levels

    Cons

    All US staff are term limited

    Advice to Management

    Create a better staff transition plan, since the agency knows staff will depart after term limits.


  2. "life changing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    challenging, rewarding, beautiful experience and more fulfilling than any job i've ever had

    Cons

    hard to adapt at first, but you get a lot of support

  3. "Not for the faint of heart"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to live immersed in a different culture
    There's a whole big world out there, and you get to see some of it!
    Completely flexible schedule
    Independence

    Cons

    Still part of a bureaucratic system, so have to fit the mold
    No structure
    Tough physical and psychological living conditions


  4. "International Development and Cross-Cultural Exchange"

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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 agency. Truly worthwhile and important mission and three goals.

    Cons

    With any federal government agency, can be too bureaucratic at times.

    Advice to Management

    Ask for feedback from employees before instituting changes.


  5. "Youth Development Volunteer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    professional, lanuage and personal development opportunities

    Cons

    Living away from home and having cultural problems


  6. "Peace Corps Volunteer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    A rewarding experience and great country staff

    Cons

    Budget Cuts due to current administration


  7. "Peace Corps Ethiopia RPCV"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    -Learning a new language
    -Was able to integrate myself into a new culture.
    -Able to do a lot of meaningful projects
    -Was challenged hard so that I was able to grow into a stronger individual

    Cons

    -Far away from home for two years
    -Not a whole lot of support

    Advice to Management

    -Love the organizational model and my time in the organization, but please find ways to more consistently support your volunteers

  8. "Peace Corps offered a life changing cross cultural experience."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Invaluable opportunity for cross-cultural exchange and personal growth. You may not change the world but you can positively impact individual lives.

    Cons

    You don't always feel well supported by staff.


  9. "Former Volunteer"

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

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Health care, support network, readjustment allowance, great environment

    Cons

    You can feel very isolated at times


  10. "Great"

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

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Great program to get experience in cultural exchange, language skills, project initiative/management

    Cons

    I don't consider this a downside, but some did: You have to take initiative to start projects and integrate. Its not for everyone


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