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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated February 15, 2018
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Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet
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Pros
  • You get to learn a new language and build relationships with people with different backgrounds (in 44 reviews)

  • Life changing experience you can't get anywhere else (in 39 reviews)

Cons
  • Five-year rule and in-and-out rule (in 14 reviews)

  • basic living conditions, far from home (in 25 reviews)

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  1. "Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    New experience, meet new people

    Cons

    Very mentally challenging, uproot your whole life


  2. "Preventative Health Educator Volunteer"

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

    Pros

    Best experience of my life. Challenging but incredibly worth it.

    Cons

    Programs vary country to country. Can be very bureaucratic.

  3. "Great experience depending on circumstances"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    -Impactful work that is clearly visible and rewarding
    -Great network of people and friends into the future
    -Will always be looked at fondly in retrospect

    Cons

    Experience can vary greatly depending on the volunteer's site and circumstances - demographically and by the country where the volunteer is sent.

    Advice to Management

    Screen volunteers more, in my experience many did not stay for their full commitment which was unfortunate but to be expected. Some were clearly not fit from the experience from the get-go.


  4. "Loved it, but it wasn't what I though it was"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    International Experience
    Development Experience
    Cultural Competencies
    Good work environment

    Cons

    Lower level experience
    Long commitments
    Underqualified colleagues

    Advice to Management

    Emphasize the mission of Peace Corps


  5. "Change the World"

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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

    Opportunity to make differences in lives, and literally change the world

    Cons

    Extremely difficult lifestyle which leads some Volunteers to negative coping strategies

    Advice to Management

    Emphasize mental health, sexual harassment protections for female volunteers


  6. "Agricultural Extension Volunteer (Zambia)"

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    Former Employee - Funds Development Coordinator in Bloomington, IN
    Former Employee - Funds Development Coordinator in Bloomington, IN
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Peace Corps is a community and you establish a family while volunteering in any country. You learn valuable new skills, gain experience, and get the chance to live abroad. Amazing experiences await!

    Cons

    It's a long-term program and you may not be able to see family or friends over the 27 months. Cross-cultural exchange is always difficult--you may experience communication problems, harassment, or other tough living circumstances. Requires highly flexible, adaptable, and passionate individuals.


  7. "Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Valuable work with passionate people who care about helping others. Flexibility to be creative with project ideas. Opportunity to work with a diverse group of people and to share their amazing stories.

    Cons

    Five year work limit, after which you have to wait a few years before applying again when working outside the U.S.

    Advice to Management

    Take more of a proactive versus reactive stance to potential problems, it helps ensure clear communication to all staff and volunteers and can prevent further issues.

  8. "Peace Corps Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Peace Corps has been an amazing organization to work with. It has provided extreme personal and technical growth.

    Cons

    It's not a position that's easy to stay in for long term. Also, doesn't provide opportunity for upward growth.


  9. "Amazing experience in a new place"

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    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    The friendships I developed out of this experience were great.

    Cons

    My time as PCV was cut short by a military coup in the country


  10. "Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    -Great mission, great people, good work environment

    Cons

    -Can be difficult to balance work and life


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