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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated December 13, 2017
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  • Life-changing experience, ability to learn a new language (in 43 reviews)

  • Life changing experience you can't get anywhere else (in 37 reviews)

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  1. "Great way to gain overseas experience in international development"

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    Former Employee - English Education Volunteer
    Former Employee - English Education Volunteer

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

    Pros

    Long enough commitment to really settle in, get to know a new culture, and experience the ups and downs of working in the developing world

    Cons

    Experience varies widely by country and assignment


  2. "Volunteer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    It will change your outlook on life and give you 2 years of invaluable experience

    Cons

    Leveraging that experience can be difficult
    At times challenging due to Governmental bureaucracy that is out of volunteers control

  3. "Incredible mission and colleagues, some management challenges"

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

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

    Pros

    This is a highly special place to work. You will have amazing colleagues and a strong feeling of commitment to the mission of Peace Corps. In many ways, you can see how your work contributes to the overall mission and can derive great satisfaction from this.

    Cons

    The biggest downside in inconsistency across management units. Having worked in multiple units, the professionalism and support for staff varies greatly depending on who you work for. Some very strong leaders and some truly awful. Highly recommend you learning about your team environment before accepting a position.

    Advice to Management

    Be careful with selecting and supervising your senior management - it matters so much to staff how they are treated by their senior managers and there are some serious weaknesses.


  4. "Agribusiness vomunteer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Loved living in Ghana, was free to do as I wanted, no one bossing me aroun

    Cons

    Not much staff supervision meant sometimes a lack of support


  5. "Go serve!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Community outreach, learn about a different culture, expand your network

    Cons

    2 year commitment, low resource setting


  6. "Campus Recruiter"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps part-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours, amazing organization with opportunities for growth

    Cons

    Large bureaucratic organization with tight rules


  7. "Youth Development Volunteer"

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

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    The program is entirely immersive and flexible but there are few ways to quantify your results; though, this is a common issue in development. The YD program is flexible and can be catered to fit your interests and the needs of the community.

    Cons

    Often times programs are created but don't have the sustainable support from the community or reliable funding sources after the volunteer leaves site.

  8. "Experience of a Lifetime"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    As a volunteer Peace Corps provides a two year experience that can't be topped. It will change you for the better, make you stronger, and instill confidence that you didn't know you had.

    Cons

    Nothing to share, all good from my perspective.


  9. "Fair"

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    Former Employee - Program Associate
    Former Employee - Program Associate

    I worked at Peace Corps (More than a year)

    Pros

    The working environment is pleasant and the people within the organization have similar values. Kind, caring, gentle.

    Cons

    It's a government organization so there's plenty of frustrating procedure and red tape, but it's to be expected.

    Advice to Management

    Stay in communication wit your staff and hear them out. Their input can make their job and yours much easier.


  10. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    It never gets boring. You learn a lot.

    Cons

    Not much space to grow


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