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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated December 12, 2017
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  • Life-changing experience, ability to learn a new language (in 43 reviews)

  • Life changing experience you can't get anywhere else (in 37 reviews)

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  1. "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


  2. "2 years in rural panama"

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    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.

  3. "Excellent and Rewarding Experience"

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    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.


  4. "USDH - working on the ground with Peace Corps"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Mission driven culture, committed staff, grass roots development at its best, motivated Volunteers

    Cons

    Country Directors have too much autonomy, local staff are under appreciated, PCVs can rule the roost

    Advice to Management

    More frequent visits to fully understand what is happening on the ground


  5. "Good place to work, Mission-driven"

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

    Pros

    Mission and purpose is definitely what you'll find.

    Cons

    Some folks are stuck in their old ways. The wheels of change turn pretty slowly. Our IT is HORRIBLE.


  6. "Great way to gain overseas experience in international development"

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    Former Employee - English Education Volunteer
    Former Employee - English Education Volunteer

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

    Pros

    Long enough commitment to really settle in, get to know a new culture, and experience the ups and downs of working in the developing world

    Cons

    Experience varies widely by country and assignment


  7. "Volunteer"

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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

    It will change your outlook on life and give you 2 years of invaluable experience

    Cons

    Leveraging that experience can be difficult
    At times challenging due to Governmental bureaucracy that is out of volunteers control

  8. "Incredible mission and colleagues, some management challenges"

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

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    This is a highly special place to work. You will have amazing colleagues and a strong feeling of commitment to the mission of Peace Corps. In many ways, you can see how your work contributes to the overall mission and can derive great satisfaction from this.

    Cons

    The biggest downside in inconsistency across management units. Having worked in multiple units, the professionalism and support for staff varies greatly depending on who you work for. Some very strong leaders and some truly awful. Highly recommend you learning about your team environment before accepting a position.

    Advice to Management

    Be careful with selecting and supervising your senior management - it matters so much to staff how they are treated by their senior managers and there are some serious weaknesses.


  9. "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


  10. "Fair"

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    Former Employee - Program Associate
    Former Employee - Program Associate

    I worked at Peace Corps (More than a year)

    Pros

    The working environment is pleasant and the people within the organization have similar values. Kind, caring, gentle.

    Cons

    It's a government organization so there's plenty of frustrating procedure and red tape, but it's to be expected.

    Advice to Management

    Stay in communication wit your staff and hear them out. Their input can make their job and yours much easier.


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