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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated January 12, 2018
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  • You get to learn a new language and build relationships with people with different backgrounds (in 44 reviews)

  • Life changing experience you can't get anywhere else (in 39 reviews)

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  1. "Peace Corps Volunteer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Once in a lifetime experience! I'm very grateful for this opportunity.

    Cons

    Tough living conditions, language and cultural barriers- nothing that was unexpected


  2. "Words from a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer"

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

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

    Pros

    Being a Peace Corps Volunteer is a life changing experience. If you go into it with the right attitude, you will love it. Check your expectations at the door, and take whatever is given to you.

    Cons

    Besides the occasional bouts of illness, Peace Corps administration is creating more and more rules, regulations and standards that may feel like they are encroaching on your experience. Try to stay positive and remember that administration is trying to keep you safe.

  3. "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
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Because of the "five year rule" most employers don't stay at the Peace Corps for ever. It is less bureaucratic than other federal agencies and it has more entrepreneurial spirit. People are very friendly in general and the work environment is dynamic and fun.

    Cons

    Because people come and go the processes and operations can be messy. It is a government agency after all and you need to know how to navigate office politics if you want to succeed.


  4. "Go serve!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Community outreach, learn about a different culture, expand your network

    Cons

    2 year commitment, low resource setting


  5. "Campus Recruiter"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps part-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours, amazing organization with opportunities for growth

    Cons

    Large bureaucratic organization with tight rules


  6. "Youth Development Volunteer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    The program is entirely immersive and flexible but there are few ways to quantify your results; though, this is a common issue in development. The YD program is flexible and can be catered to fit your interests and the needs of the community.

    Cons

    Often times programs are created but don't have the sustainable support from the community or reliable funding sources after the volunteer leaves site.


  7. "Experience of a Lifetime"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    As a volunteer Peace Corps provides a two year experience that can't be topped. It will change you for the better, make you stronger, and instill confidence that you didn't know you had.

    Cons

    Nothing to share, all good from my perspective.

  8. "Coastal Resource Management Volunteer"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Peace Corps as a contractor

    Pros

    Travel, new foods, working outdoors making a positive impact

    Cons

    Working in with an LGU partner means you often lack the resources and capacity to get projects accomplished in a timely fashion.

    Advice to Management

    Check in frequently with volunteers.


  9. "Experience of a lifetime"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Gratifying work abroad for a well-structured organization

    Cons

    Peace Corps discourages frequent meetings with other volunteers, which can be isolating.


  10. "Peace Corps Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Working with Peace Corps has been very rewarding. You get to challenge and discover yourself.

    Cons

    Living in a community by yourself can be hard.


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