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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated November 19, 2017
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  • Life-changing experience, ability to learn a new language (in 42 reviews)

  • Life changing experience you can't get anywhere else (in 36 reviews)

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  1. "Peace Corps Volunteer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    learning another culture and language intimately, always encountering new challenges, self-directed projects

    Cons

    Difficulty of usually living on your own, establishing yourself in a new country and community, low ability to save due to stipend pay


  2. "PCV"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Travel, language, intercultural, resume builder

    Cons

    Difficult to integrate at times

    Advice to Management

    None

  3. "Volunteer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Great experience for program management and design, health education, community health outreach

    Cons

    If there is an issue, you have to constantly advocate for yourself

    Advice to Management

    Continue improving volunteer support services related to program development at Volunteers' sites.


  4. "Youth Development Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    A cool two years abroad

    Cons

    Really do your research... this is not for everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Be available


  5. "Secondary English Teacher"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Independence to choose projects, schedule flexibility

    Cons

    Little support from country HQ


  6. "International development at the village perspective"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible, you often get a lot of leeway in what projects to do or focus on.

    Cons

    Two years is often not enough to properly integrate into your community and help develop a project the community wants or accepts.

    Advice to Management

    Better site development


  7. "Coordinator"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Mission driven, people love what they are working toward

    Cons

    The bureaucracy is difficult to contend with and get used to

  8. "Community Economic Development Sector"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility to create/work on projects that you are passionate about. You also have the unique opportunity to connect with a different culture and build meaningful relationships.

    Cons

    Little structure, which can lead to a lot of down time.

    Advice to Management

    In Nicaragua, management paid a lot of attention to the well being of their volunteers, which I highly encourage them to keep doing.


  9. "Peace Corps Volunteer Position"

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    Former Employee - Public Health Educator
    Former Employee - Public Health Educator
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps (More than a year)

    Pros

    Life changing experience you can't get anywhere else!

    Cons

    Peace Corps bureaucracy can get frustrating sometimes. Lack of independence, treated like children often.


  10. "Nurse Consultant - Medical Clearance / Liaison Department of State"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps part-time

    Pros

    Medical coordination for Overseas employees R/T clearance criterion immunization advice and counseling/ was rewarding and well appreciated by people traveling over seas with families for work in Embassy and Peace Corp Posts. generally people good to work with many return volunteers

    Cons

    term limited , and management constant changes, disrupted tours, political influences and easy to cover up problems, with impunity , hard to get incompetent people moved out.- seem to promote / protect and defend poor managers - political jockeying.

    Advice to Management

    Say what you do , do what you say, Golden rule still applies-
    caution you are losing good people


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