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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated May 18, 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. "bureaucracy abroad"

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    Current Employee - English Language Education Volunteer in Orinda, CA
    Current Employee - English Language Education Volunteer in Orinda, CA

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

    Pros

    unique way to experience a different culture.

    Cons

    a government org, so there is a LOT of red tape to work through when you want to do a project with your community


  2. "Great mission, not always visible results"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Advisor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Business Advisor in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People in the field are very passionate about the mission of the organization which is great motivation and a positive work environment. There are some shifts in the culture and initiatives in the organization that are steps in the right direction.

    Cons

    It is very hard to see the impacts of your work a lot of the time and while there are many idealistic people, this does not always translate into feeling validation or like your work is making a difference.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to improve transparency both vertically and horizontally between the Washington, DC HQ and the various posts throughout the world.


  3. "Volunteer is 1/2 what you make it and 1/2 luck of your placement"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great international development experience
    Good health coverage
    You get paid to be there (even if it's not much, most organizations ask you to pay in the thousands to volunteer for them)

    Cons

    Training was mediocre and really didn't prepare me to be a business development volunteer - I had to learn a lot on my own. The central office is somewhat supportive but I expected to be able to count on them more.
    Health coverage when you return from being a volunteer is not very good.
    You can end up in a town where there is not much to do or where are a lot of projects and that is not completely up to the volunteer - it can be a matter of luck.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Community Economic Development Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Peace Corps (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good training before site placement (Mongolia).

    Cons

    Needs better site evaluation before placement.


  6. "Health Volunteer (Mozambique)"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of freedom to pursue your own interests, whether that be a project or drinking. Full health coverage. They keep you safe.

    Cons

    Can be hard to get projects going because your host-country counterparts may not be motivated. Peace Corps is limited in the support it can provide here.

    Advice to Management

    Don't assume that a PCV can accomplish anything they want as long as they try hard enough. Otherwise, keep up the good work.


  7. "Public Health Educator"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Public Health Educator in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Public Health Educator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Challenge your world view, meet wonderful people.

    Cons

    Food, weather, transportation, isolation, cultural differences


  8. "Peace Corps is an incredibly welcoming and friendly work environment."

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

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

    Pros

    The people are incredibly. Many are Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and are bringing in an array of cultural perspectives, which creates a dynamic and globally oriented work environment.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy. You would find this at any government agency, but sometimes it is difficult to change things or get things done.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the young people. They may not have as much experience, but they have great ideas.


  9. "Keep realistic expectations and you can have a life changing experience."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco, MO
    Current Contractor - Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Living Abroad for 2 years
    -Flexible schedule
    -Able to adapt projects/role to desired career path.
    -Paid Health
    -Travel opportunities
    -Vacation benefits

    Cons

    -Pay = volunteer position
    -Required trainings that have no benefit to service
    -Living Conditions (Location specific)

    Advice to Management

    Use the resources within each country to improve resources and trainings.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Very fun and engaging environment."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Solid and enviable mission, lots of camaraderie, never-ending office supplies.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is a headache, lots of change without much input from employees.


  11. "Great Experience"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Technical Trainer in Washington, DC
    Former Contractor - Technical Trainer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company offers great training and staff development opportunities. The ideology of the organization makes it a meaningful experience.

    Cons

    May be required to deliver work that exceed work hours, Compensation only in Comp time.

    Advice to Management

    Allow for more upward mobility


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