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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated October 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Life-changing experience, ability to learn a new language (in 42 reviews)

  • It was a life changing experience that was possible through this organization (in 34 reviews)

Cons
  • Five-year rule and in-and-out rule (in 14 reviews)

  • Tough living conditions, language and cultural barriers- nothing that was unexpected (in 23 reviews)

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  1. "Peace Corps Volunteer Position"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "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

  3. "Best experience of my life"

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    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Learning a new culture and adapting to a new lifestyle
    - Getting to know people I never thought I'd meet
    -Great Benefits!

    Cons

    -There seems to be a disconnect between Washington D.C. and Volunteers on the ground level
    - Student loans are only deferred. There should be loan forgiveness options


  4. "Peace Corps Volunteer, TEFL"

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    Former Employee - Volunteer
    Former Employee - Volunteer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The vast majority of employees and volunteers are incredibly passionate about helping those in need and are very supportive of each other. The medical support was also great as well. A once in a lifetime experience that I have never regretted.

    Cons

    The usual government bureaucracy can really slow things down. The pay is pretty low compared to US salaries but very competitive for the countries you are living in.

    Advice to Management

    Way too much training is done in a classroom and needs to be more experience based rather than simple lectures or discussions


  5. "Agriculture volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Language training, flexibility in projects, close cohort

    Cons

    Little institutional support, isolated posts


  6. "Peace Corps Volunteer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Once in a lifetime experience! I'm very grateful for this opportunity.

    Cons

    Tough living conditions, language and cultural barriers- nothing that was unexpected


  7. "2 years in rural panama"

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    • 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

    once in a lifetime experience

    Cons

    you will make no money.

  8. "Words from a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer"

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

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

    Pros

    Being a Peace Corps Volunteer is a life changing experience. If you go into it with the right attitude, you will love it. Check your expectations at the door, and take whatever is given to you.

    Cons

    Besides the occasional bouts of illness, Peace Corps administration is creating more and more rules, regulations and standards that may feel like they are encroaching on your experience. Try to stay positive and remember that administration is trying to keep you safe.


  9. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Because of the "five year rule" most employers don't stay at the Peace Corps for ever. It is less bureaucratic than other federal agencies and it has more entrepreneurial spirit. People are very friendly in general and the work environment is dynamic and fun.

    Cons

    Because people come and go the processes and operations can be messy. It is a government agency after all and you need to know how to navigate office politics if you want to succeed.


  10. "Excellent and Rewarding Experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Ability to engage in meaningful connections, see the world, experience a new culture, learn a completely foreign language, have the respect of fellow Americans during and after your service

    Cons

    Work/life balance - it's all work, monthly salary and readjustment allowance is minimal

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your volunteers! They are out in the field, and a lot could be learned from them.


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