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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated March 23, 2017
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  • Five year rule of employment is awful (in 11 reviews)

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

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  1. "The Peace Corps is great, but don't have too many expectations"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lilongwe (Malawi)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lilongwe (Malawi)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    The best people I have ever gotten to work/play with.

    Cons

    You are getting paid very little and you are eating nutritionally poor food on the daily.


  2. "Life changing!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Community Health Volunteer
    Current Employee - Community Health Volunteer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This jobs has been incredible. I have gained more experience, personal development, and incite than I could imagine. Loved it!

    Cons

    Management turn over is pretty bad.

    Advice to Management

    N/a


  3. "Peace Corps Volunteers"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    the People, Environment, Skills learned, Admin Support, Culture, Benefits while in country, and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

    Cons

    Pay, Medical services, and difficulty communicating with directors in times where safety situations are rapidly evolving.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to volunteers and continue to support those struggling with health concerns.


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  5. "Diffifcult and rewarding"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    They really look out for your safety, health and wellbeing

    Cons

    Living in a rural village has its drawbacks


  6. "Postive Impact"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Programming and Training Specialist in Panamá (Panama)
    Current Employee - Programming and Training Specialist in Panamá (Panama)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work environment and postive direct impact of work

    Cons

    Low pay and little work life balance


  7. "Life Changing"

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

    Pros

    It will change your life for the better

    Cons

    It is difficult, very difficult at times. Never give up.

    Advice to Management

    None


  8. "Great Place to Work"

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

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

    Pros

    Love the mission, the ambience, etc

    Cons

    Complex organization - 65 countries. Lack of institutional memory due to poor knowledge management and five year rule

    Advice to Management

    Address the five year rule with an up, across or out policy and address knowledge management issues at an agency, rather than office wide level


  9. "Great mission"

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

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Great mission, rewarding, great opportunity to travel and learn another language, build life-long friendships

    Cons

    physical, mental, and emotional hardships


  10. "PC Volunteer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Volunteer
    Former Employee - Volunteer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to live and work somewhere you wouldn't otherwise get the chance to

    Cons

    Service is not easy and each country office is run differently


  11. "Being a Volunteer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Guatemala (Guatemala)
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Guatemala (Guatemala)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Its the hardest job you'll ever love. That's what they tell you before you join the Peace Corps. Its as accurate of a description as you'll hear. This is a life changing experience and unlike anything else you'll ever do. Everyday is different and you'll be tested in your ability to be flexible and committed.

    Cons

    Country specific safety regulations can cut into your personal time and restrict your freedom to plan time off or what you do on weekends.



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