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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated December 11, 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"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps as a contractor

    Pros

    Wonderful staff, great personal experience

    Cons

    Intercultural challenges in community integration


  2. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    It never gets boring. You learn a lot.

    Cons

    Not much space to grow

  3. "Volunteer"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends

    I worked at Peace Corps as an intern

    Pros

    Good travel experience and cultural learning

    Cons

    There is a definite hierarchy


  4. "Great Culture - Don't do well with change"

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

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    The people are amazing as well as the work that they support. Most areas of the building are spilling with culture. There is a lot of opportunity for movement and a lot of awesome benefits i.e your typical government benefits like metro and gym + some other benefits that i found awesome to have.

    Cons

    They hate change. They really like things done the way that they have always been done in the past.
    Term limited positions.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace and try new ideas. Encourage employees to think outside of the box.


  5. "An Enriching Experience"

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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

    Peace Corps provides an life-enriching experience, that challenges all of your perspectives on life, development and career prospectives.

    Cons

    Peace Corps is very often bogged down by the stereotypical government bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Peace Corps Washington should work on better empathizing with applicants and volunteers, instead of worrying adhering to banal regulations.


  6. "Ok"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    I liked my service overall

    Cons

    lack of direction for business volunteer

    Advice to Management

    have a stronger framework


  7. "Volunteer"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Peace Corps as a contractor

    Pros

    You get to see new parts of the world, expand your comfort zone, and help people at the same time.

    Cons

    It is very bureaucratic, and there is sometimes distrust between staff and volunteers which can make certain things difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Trust and support your volunteers and never forget they're there to help make the world a better place.

  8. "TEFL 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

    Great health care, decent staff training, ability to travel without any expenses

    Cons

    Change of leadership, lack of understanding about volunteer experience, lack of advocacy

    Advice to Management

    Listen to all of the volunteers, not just the few that stand out, don't limit opportunities to only those few selected volunteers


  9. "Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Free range to make your experience your own. Must be able to make your own program on a daily basis.

    Cons

    Too much free time? Not enough guidance during the first year.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure potential volunteers know what they are getting into.


  10. "Get busy making a difference"

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    Former Employee - Regional Recruiter in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Regional Recruiter in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits being in the federal government. Great mission, people and inspiring work to be a part of making a difference in the world.

    Cons

    Change fatigue...good and bad. The wheel is always being reinvented due to the 5 year rule for employing staff. That being said PC employees are passionate an inclusive people to work with...a very supportive environment.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure leadership in regional offices have oversight. HQ doesn't always know when there are poor managers or supervisors located in isolated regional offices.


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