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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated August 17, 2017
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  1. "Agribusiness vomunteer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Loved living in Ghana, was free to do as I wanted, no one bossing me aroun

    Cons

    Not much staff supervision meant sometimes a lack of support


  2. "Healthy Schools Coordinator"

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    Current Contractor - Healthy Schools Coordinator in Guatemala (Guatemala)
    Current Contractor - Healthy Schools Coordinator in Guatemala (Guatemala)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Peace Corps as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Wide-ranged project lets volunteer, for the most part, choose/ define what they want from there service and how they want to work. There is not much overview or contact from office other than what you would find from semester reports. There are many different commissions and committees that you can choose to participate in that will give an edge to your resume after finished. Receive an allowance after PST to buy anything and everything you need for your new living space as a volunteer. Receive sufficient to live and travel while serving. Overall, great chance to make some great friends from different countries and incorporate yourself into another culture. It is quite a wonderful feeling when your community considers you a part of their community.

    Cons

    PST is a pain in the neck with general trainings that seem to be repeated over an over for the two-three months you have. The seems to be a lack of communication between office and the guatemalan work partners as to what you actually are there to do (ex. for different project: A youth development volunteer went to their site to work with their counterpart who requested them and supposedly had a training on what a youth development volunteer does. The counterpart though they were there to work as a teacher, teaching classes like english, guatemalan history, basically wherever they needed help. This has nothing to do with their project in any way.) 50% of volunteers move from their first designated volunteer housing because of poor, and sometimes dangerous, family placement.

    Advice to Management

    Improve trainings with counterparts prior to volunteers arrival to ensure complete understanding and support of guatemalan counterparts. Improve house selection process

  3. "Volunteer"

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    Current Employee - Agribusiness Volunteer
    Current Employee - Agribusiness Volunteer

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working with those who will benefit most from it

    Cons

    Sloppy staff and administrative errors
    Social problems with living in different countries


  4. "Campus Recruiter"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps part-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours, amazing organization with opportunities for growth

    Cons

    Large bureaucratic organization with tight rules


  5. "Youth Development Sector in Morocco"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    No one joins Peace Corps for the salary so it will be the most rewarding and challenging job you love. There is automony to choose the projects you pursue and you receive the training to conduct the appropriate community assessments.

    Cons

    There is little over sight and it can be very isolating with little direction or accountablity

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent and stop treating Volunteers like children


  6. "Volunteer"

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    Current Employee - Volunteer
    Current Employee - Volunteer
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The opportunity to utilize skills pertaining to capacity building, analytical and lateral thinking, networking, etc. on the field. The chance to meet individuals of all walks of life with similar values and goals. Being able to travel is a big plus as you are on the job 24/7.

    Cons

    Peace Corps is confused with what they want their organization to stand for. Are we bridging gaps between cultures and nations; faciliating friendships and partnerships and fulfilling goals of world peace? Or are we data and number hungry with the ambition to set our Western practices upon communities we deem "underdeveloped"? What exactly are the goals of Peace Corps? The lines here are blurry and confusing for volunteers.

    Advice to Management

    Find lasting, sustainable options for communities and these big global issues we (as 20-something year old kids) are supposed to help solve, if that is Peace Corps' objective.


  7. "Application progress concerns"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Pros

    Interesting opportunity to see the world and to help others----if you can get a position.

    Cons

    You can only apply for ONE position or ANY position. It appears that if you won't agree to "any" then you aren't going to go any further. This is the second time the position I applied for has been pulled. Additionally, 2 other positions announced in a press release have never been posted. Peace Corps doesn't train as much as they used to. For example, they won't train in Spanish at all.
    Also, I got the distinct impression that they don't want older applicants or someone without a Masters or Doctorate.

    Advice to Management

    You need better follow through. You need to keep your word. If you post a position or describe it in a press release, it needs to happen. This is the second time a position has been pushed back to an "indefinite start date."

  8. "An Enriching Experience"

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

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Peace Corps provides an life-enriching experience, that challenges all of your perspectives on life, development and career prospectives.

    Cons

    Peace Corps is very often bogged down by the stereotypical government bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Peace Corps Washington should work on better empathizing with applicants and volunteers, instead of worrying adhering to banal regulations.


  9. "Meaningful work; great people"

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

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Working to support U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers and the agency's mission is an honor.

    Cons

    The five-year rule for employees insures a constant staff turn-over. The workplace churn can be difficult, even with an unusually dedicated staff.

    Advice to Management

    The five-year rules hurts the agency more than it helps. Poor performing employees just ride out the five years, while the high performers are moved from position to position.


  10. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Director of Management and Operations
    Current Employee - Director of Management and Operations
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Innovative, flexible, mission oriented, grass roots development, USG benefits, opportunity to move into different positions, great work culture, opportunity to travel

    Cons

    five year rule, outdated information technology systems, small budget compared to other agencies, bureaucratic


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