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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated July 25, 2017
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  1. "Education Volunteer"

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    • 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.


  2. "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.

  3. "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


  4. "Multimedia intern"

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    • Culture & Values
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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


  5. "Peace Corps Volunteer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Jackson Heights, NY
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Jackson Heights, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    If you want to adapt to a new culture, learn a new language, and really get to know a place and its people, this a great job.

    Cons

    Be prepared to live without electricity, reliable transportation, television, etc. This a pro and a con, but if you're put in a remote location, you won't have much intereaction with Peace Corps staff or other volunteers. It can be lonely, and staff may not understand your site or be equipped to help you.


  6. "TOEFL Peace Corps Volunteer"

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

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

    Pros

    You are your own boss anything you do is on you 100 percent. If you want to connect with the assigned community then you have to get out of your comfort zone.

    Cons

    Where you get assigned isn't necessarily going to be the best use of your skills. It feels like Peace Corps sometimes isn't looking to develop the location, rather they are trying to develop you by putting you in a difficult location.

    Advice to Management

    Tone down the bureaucracy and trust your volunteers.


  7. "Peace corps review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Nice benefits, culture, dynamic and morale

    Cons

    No cons that I can specify

  8. "Great agency to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Management Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work/life balance is valued

    Cons

    Training and Development is not a focus for staff


  9. "Good Place to Work"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps as an intern

    Pros

    The people that work at the HQ office are nice and friendly. Good work is publicly acknowledged and there are a bunch of social groups, exercise classes, guest speakers, etc. to build a sense of community.

    Cons

    About half the people that work there are returned volunteers, so expect to be asked whenever you meet someone new, if you were a volunteer. At times, this question can come off as somewhat elitist.

    Advice to Management

    Wasn't there long enough to come up with any specific advice. Peace Corps is one of the bettter govt. agencies to work for.


  10. "Peace Corps Volunteer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer is a great way to gain international experience, especially for recent graduates who might have trouble finding jobs straight out of school.

    Cons

    Tough living conditions (obviously), but they make you a stronger person.
    Sometimes there are disagreements and tension between Volunteers and staff.


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