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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated July 25, 2017
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  1. "Peace Corps Volunteer"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps as a contractor

    Pros

    Wonderful staff, great personal experience

    Cons

    Intercultural challenges in community integration


  2. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    It never gets boring. You learn a lot.

    Cons

    Not much space to grow

  3. "Pretty good support in the midst of a poorly working system"

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    Former Employee - Teacher and Teacher Trainer in Surabaya, East Java (Indonesia)
    Former Employee - Teacher and Teacher Trainer in Surabaya, East Java (Indonesia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    -I was continually surrounded with people who had a very clear dedication to service.
    -There was no shortage of good ideas
    -Staff was quite supportive insofar as they were able to be, and always empathetic
    -You're unlikely to find an experience quite like it anywhere else

    Cons

    -Crushing bureaucracy from both the host country and from the Peace Corps itself made even simple tasks a headache.
    -It often felt like we were expected to follow rules independent of context or original intent.
    -Status living in an unfamiliar environment, often hours from the nearest American and even further from Peace Corps staff made it difficult and lonely to seek support in some cases (I should specify that this was not staff's fault; it was simply the nature of the position).

    Advice to Management

    Obviously a large organization that is itself embedded in a nightmare of bureaucracy above and around it is going to have efficiency issues. But it's impossible to write regulations for every eventuality and even more difficult to make those regulations apply uniformly to people spread throughout the globe and in hugely disparate environments. Focus on how you can empower the people you trusted enough to hire with the resources they need to do their jobs, and hold them accountable for results.


  4. "Incredible experience but PC lacked support"

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    Former Employee - Volunteer in Accra (Ghana)
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Accra (Ghana)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Freedom to work at own pace
    Little micromanagement
    Great networking

    Cons

    Lazy staff both domestic and foreign
    Bureaucracy
    Lack of support and slow response time

    Advice to Management

    Respond quicker to volunteer situations


  5. "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.


  6. "Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Volunteer Coordinator in Quito (Ecuador)
    Former Employee - Volunteer Coordinator in Quito (Ecuador)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This is an amazing opportunity! The interview questions are posted online!

    Cons

    You have to leave your family and friends for 2 years.


  7. "Volunteer"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends

    I worked at Peace Corps as an intern

    Pros

    Good travel experience and cultural learning

    Cons

    There is a definite hierarchy

  8. "Great Culture - Don't do well with change"

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

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    The people are amazing as well as the work that they support. Most areas of the building are spilling with culture. There is a lot of opportunity for movement and a lot of awesome benefits i.e your typical government benefits like metro and gym + some other benefits that i found awesome to have.

    Cons

    They hate change. They really like things done the way that they have always been done in the past.
    Term limited positions.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace and try new ideas. Encourage employees to think outside of the box.


  9. "Life experience"

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    Former Employee - English Teacher in Gīmbī (Ethiopia)
    Former Employee - English Teacher in Gīmbī (Ethiopia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Eye opening, life changing, motivating way to touch the world and learn about yourself. Join if you are willing to commit the time.

    Cons

    Isolation, I was sick often but it was still worth it for the experience, they really did their best to take care of us.

    Advice to Management

    Connect with your volunteers


  10. "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.


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