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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated May 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Life-changing experience, ability to learn a new language (in 41 reviews)

  • Working with Peace Corps is a wonderful, life changing experience (in 30 reviews)

Cons
  • Five-year rule and in-and-out rule (in 12 reviews)

  • Tough living conditions (obviously), but they make you a stronger person (in 21 reviews)

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  1. "Good experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Unforgettable experience, foreign languages learned, and opportunity for development of technical skills and much much more

    Cons

    Administration by HCNs and American staff isn't the best, and you're really on your own, except for the many rules that PC expects you to follow even though that may be impossible at some times...


  2. "volunteer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps (Less than a year)

    Pros

    once in a lifetime opportunity to live abroad with simply a mission of "servive"

    Cons

    ambiguous job description and performance expectations

    Advice to Management

    clarify job performance expectations


  3. "You definitely won't be a voluntourist!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Peace Corps truly is the hardest job you'll ever love. Incredibly challenging but infinitely rewarding.

    Cons

    Your life is your job, there is no boudaries often times between your personal and professional life.


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  5. "Kyrgyzstan PC service"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Peace Corps Volunteer in Fort Collins, CO
    Former Contractor - Peace Corps Volunteer in Fort Collins, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    I learned a new language and met so many beautiful people. Living abroad with a family was a very valuable experience. So many new friends.

    Cons

    The food was bad and you are homesick all of the time. I also pretty sick the whole time I was there.

    Advice to Management

    You need to be more understanding of volunteer's lives and struggles. I believe you need to give us more room and let us do what we think is best. More support!


  6. "Life Experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Community Economic Development Volunteer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Community Economic Development Volunteer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of travel time. Self discovery inevitable.

    Cons

    Very difficult. Long time away from home. Shed any commitments before starting.


  7. "Health educator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Health Training Facilitator in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Health Training Facilitator in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Best opportunity to work and live abroad without spending your own money. Build new skills, particularly in community outreach and community development.

    Cons

    They have strict rules about travel and living accommodations depending on the country

    Advice to Management

    Continue to sites and acknowledge volunteer work


  8. "Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Work for something greater than yourself
    Personal development opportunities are high
    Learn a new language and adopt a new culture as your own
    Chance to make a real difference

    Cons

    Work schedule is 24/7/365
    Pay is objectively terrible
    Working conditions sometimes very challenging (heat, lack of facilities, malaria)
    Little to no control over geographic location
    Language and cultural barriers are common


  9. "IT Security / Incident Response"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Information Security Officer and Incident Response Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Information Security Officer and Incident Response Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great People, Amazing opportunities to travel

    Cons

    Five year rule of employment is awful.


  10. "Everyone should do some type of public service - why not travel why you're at it"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great experience, lifelong friends, language skills, cross/cultural skills, ability to travel, actually a pretty generous living stipend - a lot of people save money, resume builder

    Cons

    Not as selective as it used to be, kind of treated like a child by staff, host country nationals do not understand true American diversity, may not be comfortable expressing sexuality,

    Advice to Management

    Treat volunteers as adults and professionals, better medical care, higher readjustment allowance, more accountability that volunteers are committed and executing goals of Peace Corps


  11. "RPCV--->Staff"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Peace Corps (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Great people
    -Diverse Staff
    -lots of options to move around
    -service minded individuals
    -great events
    -lots of opportunities for RPCVs

    Cons

    -bureaucracy
    -it takes a while to get stuff done
    -if youre unlucky you get stuck in a boring job with few options for movement
    -some individuals in HR can be pretty slow to respond,there are some stars and some duds


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