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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. "Best 2 years"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at Peace Corps (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people and experience was a once in a life time experience

    Cons

    Hopefully funding is continued from the next White House Admin


  2. "Great experience, freedom to be creative and change lives!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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

    Live abroad, help communities, meet amazing people, travel to other countries, very supportive staff, best healthcare

    Cons

    Could have minimal resources, long time away from family

    Advice to Management

    Keep being amazing!


  3. "Education Volunteer"

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

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Excellent opportunity to build skills, increase opportunities and independence, gain international work experience, and set yourself apart from others.

    Cons

    Two years can be a long commitment for some people and it can be difficult financially when returning home.


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  5. "Education Volunteer"

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

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

    Pros

    Unlike any other job experience, learned a new language, incredible personal growth experience, learned a lot about culture and people

    Cons

    You live in the bush so there is not a lot of support. Medical staff was overworked.

    Advice to Management

    Retain your best host country nationals on staff.


  6. "Education Volunteer"

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

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

    Pros

    Life-changing experience, was exposed to not only the problems facing other parts of the world but other ways of living which really impacted me. Met fantastic people, both in my village and fellow Peace Corps Volunteers.

    Cons

    We talked all the time about creating communities of practice, but there is little to no overlap that I saw between different countries' Education programs of what could be improved and how other PC programs were fixing their problems.

    Manuals given at the beginning of training were voluminous and therefore deterred usage.

    Advice to Management

    As an RPCV I would definitely would have appreciated more help with job placement afterwards.


  7. "Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - MATH TEACHER/TUTOR in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - MATH TEACHER/TUTOR in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Experience, challenges, new culture. Great way to experience other cultures and try to make a difference.

    Cons

    Frustrating, hard to finish projects at times. Sometimes not enough direction for completing projects.

    Advice to Management

    Keep improving experience for volunteers so that they will fit in with the culture and be able to work in the country that they are in.


  8. "Multimedia intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Extremely nice and friendly group of people. Very welcoming.

    Cons

    On boarding process took unexpectedly long.
    Work also Sometimes felt tedious

    Advice to Management

    Not much, upper level seems good with their employees


  9. "Peace Corps does great work but like any large federal institution it's slow moving"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work culture, down to earth community many of whom have served in the Peace Corps, resources are readily available, very inclusive

    Cons

    Sometime hard to innovate in the Peace Corps and stay up to date on latest technology, very bureaucratic, diversity recruiting push but still developing support systems and safe spaces

    Advice to Management

    The management does a great job listening to employees trying to work around bureaucracy, great community and work environment


  10. "Volunteer (TEFL)"

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    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Great mission and typically good people to work with.

    Cons

    A lot of bureaucratic paperwork to do, subpar medical care.


  11. "Institutional Development Advisor"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good health benefits
    Impactful Work
    Freedom to start, develop, and manage your own programs and projects
    You get to travel to unique places

    Cons

    Not enough support from admin staff
    Poor partner vetting
    Terrible vacation policy
    Treated very poorly if you decide to leave (no matter what the reason is)

    Advice to Management

    If you want better volunteer retention rates, you have to look at the failures of the in-country management. You have a tendency to blame volunteer failures solely on the volunteers themselves, while ignoring some very significant management failures. The first day I arrived at my organization the Executive Director said to me, "I didn't request a volunteer. I don't want a volunteer. This must have been a request submitted years ago by my predecessor." That is a terrible way to start a two year program.



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