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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. "Good Organization"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Volunteer in Wilmington, NC
    Former Employee - Business Volunteer in Wilmington, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Loved this job. Amazing traveling, culture, they teach you a language.

    Cons

    Some people can not stand to be away from home or be so far out of their comfort zone it is very challenging

    Advice to Management

    Keep avenues up to support the volunteers on the ground


  2. "Peace Corps - A Good Office Culture"

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

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

    Pros

    If you're looking for a place of employment that allows you to gain some experience while making major changes in life - the Peace Corps is a good place to work !

    The Peace Corps has a laid-back, flexible atmosphere. The employees are generally easy-going and there is a great appreciation for work-life balance. I've witnessed many co-workers undertake major life events (e.g. getting married, having children, attending graduate school). Their supervisors were very accommodating and allowed them to adjust their work schedules in order to tend to their life events. This is a small federal agency with a high turnover rate (due to the 5-year rule). The high turnover rate means that one will usually be tasked with the duties of more than one job. This is a positive if you're looking to gain experience in a multiple areas. This can be a negative as sometimes you're overworked.

    Cons

    The high turnover rate leads to inefficiencies. The new wave of employees is often left to re-create the wheel as the last wave did not get the opportunity to document the processes.


  3. "Community Natural Resource Advisor"

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

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Lots of flexibility; Great way to open doors in international development; excellent learning experience.

    Cons

    Volunteer Stipend is small (but that is to be expected); it can be hard to do sustainable projects; a lot depends on your host country counterpart


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  5. "Peace Corps Volunteer"

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

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Peace corps is the best experience. One of the only jobs that allows people to work at the ground level with development work.

    Cons

    Everyone's experiences are different.


  6. "Awesome people and mission"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Awesome people and mission. Worldwide impact.

    Cons

    Small, understaffed but this provides opportunities you may not get anywhere else.


  7. "Good organization, but still a flawed"

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

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Decent monthly stipend for volunteers, if you know how to budget
    Extra pay for trainings and events
    Full medical

    Cons

    Fairly disorganized office
    Staff doesn't always respond to inquires


  8. "Rewarding, But Difficult Work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Youth Development Professional
    Former Employee - Youth Development Professional
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    As a Peace Corps volunteer, you are constantly asked to step out of your comfort zone. This provides an opportunity for individuals to grow and adapt in ways that a person would never experience in almost any job back home in the US.

    Cons

    The application process can be long and tedious, so you may need to be prepared to wait for months without a word while applications are processed.


  9. "Volunteer"

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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

    If you're a self starter you have plenty of chances to do some good.

    Cons

    Little oversight can be a pro or con


  10. "Volunteer Review"

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

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Volunteering for Peace Corps was one of the best experiences I've ever had. Having the opportunity to work at the grassroots level with people in my community and to learn about their culture--all while making a difference in the lives of those I worked with was a great learning experience.

    Cons

    Because I was working with and living with people from a different culture, we didn't always see eye to eye on how things should be done, and it was very difficult to get them to try and adopt new ways of doing their work. It took a lot of patience on my part to see the results of the work that I was doing.


  11. "Peace Corps Volunteer"

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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

    - Lots of flexibility with work schedule
    - Freedom to choose work
    - Good coworkers
    - You get to see some pretty amazing things
    - You could have some great opportunities to travel

    Cons

    - Upper management doesn't really care about its workers.
    - It is all about the bottom line
    - Pay is quite poor
    - Medical care is not always the best



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