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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated April 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. "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".


  2. "Amazing people, united mission"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  3. "IT Security / Incident Response"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Information Security Officer and Incident Response Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Information Security Officer and Incident Response Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great People, Amazing opportunities to travel

    Cons

    Five year rule of employment is awful.


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  5. "Everyone should do some type of public service - why not travel why you're at it"

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

    I worked at Peace Corps (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great experience, lifelong friends, language skills, cross/cultural skills, ability to travel, actually a pretty generous living stipend - a lot of people save money, resume builder

    Cons

    Not as selective as it used to be, kind of treated like a child by staff, host country nationals do not understand true American diversity, may not be comfortable expressing sexuality,

    Advice to Management

    Treat volunteers as adults and professionals, better medical care, higher readjustment allowance, more accountability that volunteers are committed and executing goals of Peace Corps


  6. "Must Have Personal Convictions to Make it Ultimately Worth it!"

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

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

    Pros

    Organizing body that takes care of basic safety and health needs while you work in (sometimes) remote and (always) resource-limited environments, sense of "belonging" to a legacy and camaraderie with other PCVs, opportunity to travel abroad (within and outside your country assignment), HUGE opportunity for personal growth, great for resume building if you understand how to articulate your service

    Cons

    It is working for the US government-- lots of reporting (quarterly) that involves you supposedly being able to measure your work in ways that are typically discussed in much more formal and Westernized environments (i.e. outcome measures), often felt like in-country staff were very unempathetic, treated volunteer's concerns as if were whiney, lack of concern for mental health, very poor training (the best training I had, other than the language teachers, were the presentations made by other PCVs, not the paid staff)

    Advice to Management

    Seriously rework your mental health/psycho-social support training and programming. It is VITAL to success.


  7. "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.


  8. "Volunteer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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...


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    "Behavior Change Agent, Peace Corps Senegal"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Health Volunteer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Health Volunteer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Working on the ground in a developing country is a once in a life time opportunity. Never again in your life will you make the connections, struggle through the cultural mishaps, and work as hard for so little accomplishment as you will in the Peace Corps.

    Cons

    The quality of your administration dictates 50% of your success in PC. Unfortunatley, this organization falls prey to the same issues of many government organizations. Poor management chains, extreme lack of communication, and understaffed personal. Fortunately you can go almost your whole service without interacting with administration if you so choose.

    Advice to Management

    Start caring openly about the success of your volunteers and make it a point to communicate that their success is your goal. Nothing would help you more than to ender your work force to its administration. (Peace Corps Senegal)


  10. "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!


  11. "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.


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