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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated May 28, 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. "English and Gender Equality"

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    Former Employee - English Teacher and Gender Equality Extension Agent in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - English Teacher and Gender Equality Extension Agent in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working for the United States Peace Corps is a life changing experience. As they say, no one service is the same. Every volunteer has a completely different experience. But we all find it to be monumental.

    Cons

    The living conditions in a developing country can be very difficult as one can imagine. The Peace Corps does its best to look out for the health and security for its volunteers. However, there are a few incidents that are unable to be avoided.


  2. "It's what you make of it"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mundelein, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mundelein, IL
    Recommends

    I worked at Peace Corps (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you're a good listener and you're flexible, you'll figure out how to do some great work wherever you may end up. But more importantly, I'd say, you get the chance to get to know some really amazing people and better understand a foreign way of life. It's a great opportunity for anyone who's interested in doing all that and doesn't find it daunting to live without the creature comforts we take for granted in the US.

    Cons

    Communication issues sometimes arise between volunteers and office staff, in some part because most staff members are host country nationals who may not always share the same perspective as the volunteers they supervise. Even then though, the Peace Corps does a pretty decent job at responding to volunteers' concerns and re-vamping projects in response to volunteers' input.

    Advice to Management

    I'm not sure to what extent this is done already, but I would recommend that volunteers and staff working in similar sectors in different countries have more opportunities to communicate with each other, so as to make sure that no one is wasting time "reinventing the wheel".


  3. "Amazing people, united mission"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Support Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Administrative Support Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most people are completely dedicated to the goals of the agency and have a wealth of global experience.

    Cons

    Politics, as to be expected with any government agency.

    Advice to Management

    Keep employees within the decision-making loop.


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  5. "PCV"

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    Current Employee - Volunteer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Volunteer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Travel the world and learn a new language all while meeting some of the most incredible people ever.

    Cons

    You don't really make any money, but you also don't really need it. All of your basic needs are met and of course free health care is always a plus.


  6. "Volunteer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Health, Water and Sanitation Volunteer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Health, Water and Sanitation Volunteer in Washington, DC

    I worked at Peace Corps (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great experience in development at the local level, definitely get more from the experience than you give!

    Cons

    It can be very isolating...


  7. "The Ultimate Professional Volunteer Experience"

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

    I worked at Peace Corps (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The cultural experience is second to none, and its a great way to represent the US.

    Cons

    Its much tougher to re-adjust coming home than anyone guesses.

    Advice to Management

    Don't fix whats not broken!


  8. "inspiring mission and passionate colleagues"

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

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

    Pros

    Clear organizational vision
    Culture of trust and collegiality

    Cons

    The work is neither specifically international development, nor adult education so it can be difficult to frame your work to set yourself up for your next position.


  9. "Tech Transfer Consultant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Digital Marketing Consultant in Annapolis, MD
    Former Employee - Digital Marketing Consultant in Annapolis, MD
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A lot of space to and time to learn all I could about tech transfer so that I could make an enduring contribution. Able to do many different things.

    Cons

    A lack of structure that put off a lot of people. Personally, I loved it because I could widen my experience and contribution to my host-country counterparts. Many volunteers chose to languish and complain instead,

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that there is a Country Director who does not play favorites. More authority delegated to host.country program managers


  10. "Peace Corps Volunteer Leader"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at Peace Corps (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working for the Peace Corps provides you with great management, leadership, and problem solving experience.

    Cons

    I do not have any cons at this time, since each experience is so different.


  11. "Fantastic Internship"

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    • Culture & Values
    Former Intern - Research and Evaluation Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Research and Evaluation Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great accommodations, especially for an intern. I always felt like I was a peer of the team instead of inferior. Building services were great, and there was good communication among all parties I worked with. Could not recommend more highly.

    Cons

    Like any large agency, the work sometimes felt bureaucratic, occasionally losing my motivation for working there.


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