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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated September 18, 2017
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Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet
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  • Five-year rule and in-and-out rule (in 14 reviews)

  • Tough living conditions, language and cultural barriers- nothing that was unexpected (in 22 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "27 months abroad"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Yerevan (Armenia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Yerevan (Armenia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good resume builder. Life experiences. Lots of friends. Good amount of time off to explore your own passions. Experience a new culture for 27 months

    Cons

    The staff treats you like an absolute kid. It's condescending and frustrating. If you're an intelligent adult you will not enjoy working for people who are less intelligent with absolute authority.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your volunteers with respect. They are there to serve the country, not you and your metrics to HQ.


  2. "Be Careful!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits after 27 months, singe countries are ran very well

    Cons

    Some countries are a complete mess! Be incredibly careful of which program you enter.

  3. "Be Careful"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Lot's of school and employment benefits for after service.

    Cons

    Be very, very careful what country you go to. Mine was a complete mess, the saftey, security, management and medical was all a mess-after some googling I found a lot of details that explained things. Don't just go to any country.


  4. "Application progress concerns"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook

    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."


  5. "Fulfilling work but horrible admin support"

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

    Pros

    The work and the people you meet will be amazing

    Cons

    Admin does not care about the wellbeing of volunteers. We are stats on paper that need to look good. It's all about liability for them and they will dump you without question to protect themselves.


  6. "It's been fun but tasking"

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

    Pros

    To serve my country and play a vital role in ensuring the existence of peace in the country

    Cons

    The passage of the bill into law to improve the unemployment rate in the country,but that has been delayed

    Advice to Management

    To strive on to achieve our aim


  7. "Not Supported Once out in the Village"

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    Current Employee - LIFE Volunteer in Lusaka, Lusaka (Zambia)
    Current Employee - LIFE Volunteer in Lusaka, Lusaka (Zambia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Training, adventure, efficient supplies, organized, able to get back to America quickly.

    Cons

    Verbally and Written Documentation that Peace Corps was not responsible for my personal safety in the village.

    Advice to Management

    Take Responsibility

  8. "Institutional Development Advisor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good health benefits
    Impactful Work
    Freedom to start, develop, and manage your own programs and projects
    You get to travel to unique places

    Cons

    Not enough support from admin staff
    Poor partner vetting
    Terrible vacation policy
    Treated very poorly if you decide to leave (no matter what the reason is)

    Advice to Management

    If you want better volunteer retention rates, you have to look at the failures of the in-country management. You have a tendency to blame volunteer failures solely on the volunteers themselves, while ignoring some very significant management failures. The first day I arrived at my organization the Executive Director said to me, "I didn't request a volunteer. I don't want a volunteer. This must have been a request submitted years ago by my predecessor." That is a terrible way to start a two year program.


  9. "Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Volunteer in Kolonia (Federated States of Micronesia)
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Kolonia (Federated States of Micronesia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    I got to live on a tropical island for 2+ years

    Cons

    Few food options, boredom, felt unsafe at times.


  10. "Health Education Volunteer in Namibia"

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    Current Employee - Health Educator in Windhoek (Namibia)
    Current Employee - Health Educator in Windhoek (Namibia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    There is a lot of opportunity to make a difference in people's lives.

    Cons

    The organization itself is horribly run, at least in Namibia.

    Advice to Management

    Make longer contracts so the staff turnover doesn't happen every 6 months.


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