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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated October 12, 2018
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Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet
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Pros
  • "Build life skills, the opportunity to learn a new language" (in 45 reviews)

  • "This is a life changing experience and unlike anything else you'll ever do" (in 42 reviews)

Cons
  • "The five-year rule for employees insures a constant staff turn-over" (in 15 reviews)

  • "Far away from home for two years" (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Volunteer English Teacher"

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

    Pros

    The Peace Corps is a very rewarding experience. Other than being able to travel somewhere new and experience a completely different culture, you are given the opportunity to make friends from various different cultures and backgrounds. I've met some of my greatest friends through Peace Corps, and I know that they will be life-long friendships. I enjoyed teaching my students and going to class everyday. The two years I spent with the Peace Corps will always be something that I will look back on.

    Cons

    Cons are minimal. I think it depends on where your country of service is. Each country and site are different, so it really depends on where you are placed and what you are doing. I never had any problems during my service. Only con during my service that I can think of is that I had a lot of down time, and not many things to occupy myself with. I found myself often bored and wanting to do more things but unable to do so. Other than that, my experience with the Peace Corps was great and I would definitely tell others to join.


  2. "Great Organization"

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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

    Co-Workers were great
    Open to anyone

    Cons

    Sometimes unorganized/ time management only

  3. "PC"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Challenging, integrative, flexible and you have the experience you want to make of it

    Cons

    Little direction, collaboration with staff depending on your post


  4. "Excellent place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunity to expand your knowledge and skills, while also making a positive impact.

    Cons

    Not necessarily a con, but requires someone to be extremely patient and open-minded in problem-solving situations


  5. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Lawyer in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Lawyer in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Peace Corps (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -friendly people
    -good post-job benefits
    -free living expenses

    Cons

    -Isolation
    -heightened scrutiny from locals

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on diversity when hiring


  6. Helpful (1)

    "The Hardest Job You’ll Ever Love"

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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

    One of the best things I’ve done with my life

    Cons

    Communication between volunteers and staff is inadequate. Medical care provided is not high quality.


  7. "Peace Corps Volunteer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Great support from the staff

    Cons

    What you actually do is highly dependent on the organization you are placed with, so there is a lot of luck involved. Some people get placed with great organizations doing meaningful work, while others get placed at an organization that just wants a token white person as a status symbol.

  8. "Peace Corps Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Learning what does and does not work in the developing world.

    Cons

    Difficult to get things done in agriculture sector


  9. "Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Skill building, language learning, leadership opportunities

    Cons

    Isolation, medical care sub-par, no guarantees for productive work


  10. "Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great chance to have an impact, work internationally, receive language training

    Cons

    Quality of assigned projects very hit or miss


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