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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated March 27, 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. "Peace Corps volunteer"

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

    Pros

    See the world, meet people you would otherwise never meet, help local communities to build sustainable programs that help people better themselves.

    Cons

    Can be isolating, especially in the winters, when it's basically impossible to go outside. The trick is to spend as much time as possible learning the language to help build relationships

    Advice to Management

    Peace corps should focus more heavily on connecting rpcvs with jobs, not only in government, both immediately post service and for several years afterwards, also more long term health benefits.


  2. "Volunteer"

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

    Pros

    Experience, language training, network, comprehensive benefits

    Cons

    need to be a self starter (may not be a con), also must be flexible

    Advice to Management

    work on giving more decisions to the dedicated field staff


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    "Peace Corps Volunteer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps (More than a year)

    Pros

    The staff is wonderful--they make a point to engage with every volunteer. I felt very safe with the safety and security team a phone call away, the medical team took every ailment seriously, and when visiting headquarters, every staff member would stop to chat. There's a very positive community there.

    Cons

    My health was less than great for two years, but that's due to the environment rather than because of Peace Corps.


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  5. "The most "non-government" like Government Agency (that's a good thing)"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Initiatives move fast. Charismatic and caring leadership. Great clan feel. They make every member of staff feel valued and important. Access to directors and leaders and political appointees are truly open door. The closest this to a flat agency within the government.

    Cons

    5 year rule (can't work longer that 5 years).
    In and out rule, (You have to be out as long as you're working in there)


  6. "Country Desk Officer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps (More than a year)

    Pros

    In a position to work on an important mission for American volunteers and host country nationals in over 60 countries.

    Cons

    The position is demanding and can require working past standard hours.


  7. "Country Director"

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

    Pros

    Working with Peace Corps Volunteers, their community members and our host country staff!

    Cons

    None worth noting in this space.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing on supporting Peace Corps' core business - the Volunteers and the work they do in their communities.


  8. "Serve the nation!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Peace Corps is a great opportunity - seize it!

    Cons

    It is challenging - think hard before choosing to leave comfort behind fof 27 months.


  9. "Peace Corps Volunteer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing Cross-cultural experience
    great health care and support

    Cons

    Poor leadership from local hires
    Poor readjustment allowances

    Advice to Management

    Create more opportunities for 'higher' level volunteer work with local partners.


  10. "Health Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    It was such an amazing experience. The best part was definitely the people. The smiles and thank yous you is what kept me motivated to stay.

    Cons

    You feel targeted as foreigner
    People will constantly ask you for money just because you're white but the pros definitely outweigh the cons.

    Advice to Management

    Management was awesome! My country director was very interactive and did site visits as well. You also get a champion who is with you every step of the way and will support you in anything you need.


  11. "Peace Corps Volunteer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer

    Pros

    Singular opportunity to know and understand another culture, forge incredible friendships (with community members and other PCVs), and witness the benefits that strong grassroots efforts can yield.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to abide by the many many rules that PCVs are expected to follow. That being said, most rules are in place to protect volunteers' safety.



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