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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated February 15, 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
  • Tough living conditions (obviously), but they make you a stronger person (in 21 reviews)

  • Five year rule of employment is awful (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "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.


  2. "Peace Corps Volunteer - Botswana"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    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


  3. "Excellent Experience to Grow Personally and Professionally"

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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

    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.


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  5. "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.


  6. "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


  7. "Director of Management and Operations"

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

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    This a humanitarian government agency with American Volunteers serving all over the world and helping people and their countries to progress in different areas

    Cons

    I do not have any cons to mention


  8. "The Hardest Job You will ever Love"

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    Current Employee - Chief Administrative Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Chief Administrative Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very mission oriented. Hardworking staff. Innovative. Friendly and modern atmosphere. Great place to learn fast, get great professional development on the job and progress upwards fast.

    Cons

    Politics.Senior leadership are almost all political appointees and turnover frequently.


  9. "Volunteer"

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

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    -Working for something you believe in
    -Flexibility to focus on exactly what you want experience in while helping your community reach their goals
    -Learn to self manage and work autonomously
    -Develop great facilitation skills
    -Learn a new language and how to navigate a new culture
    -Make a modest stipend by American standards but is generally more than enough in the developing country you work in

    Cons

    Very difficult to implement community projects, as expected (but almost always worth the struggle!)
    Can be unorganized, as most large government agencies are


  10. "English Teacher"

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    Former Employee - English in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - English in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Peace Corps is an invaluable experience in which you learn so much about the world and yourself. For those interested in helping others while also gaining experience in a certain field, the Peace Corps is a great organization with whom to gain such experience.

    Cons

    It is not uncommon for volunteers to experience loneliness and isolation. Many volunteers are placed in remote parts of countries, wherein they feel sad and homesick as a result. Also, don't expect to become rich as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Volunteers living stipend is adjusted to reflect the average standard of living of the country in which the volunteer serves. Accordingly, that stipend is often far below what the volunteer could earn even at a minimum wage job in the United States.


  11. "Hard but rewarding"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    you get opportunities to do things that exist no where else

    Cons

    Little support from main office



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