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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated November 15, 2017
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  • Life-changing experience, ability to learn a new language (in 42 reviews)

  • Life changing experience you can't get anywhere else (in 36 reviews)

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  1. "Director of Management and Operations"

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

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    This a humanitarian government agency with American Volunteers serving all over the world and helping people and their countries to progress in different areas

    Cons

    I do not have any cons to mention


  2. "Hard but rewarding"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    you get opportunities to do things that exist no where else

    Cons

    Little support from main office

  3. "Peace Corps - A Good Office Culture"

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

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

    Pros

    If you're looking for a place of employment that allows you to gain some experience while making major changes in life - the Peace Corps is a good place to work !

    The Peace Corps has a laid-back, flexible atmosphere. The employees are generally easy-going and there is a great appreciation for work-life balance. I've witnessed many co-workers undertake major life events (e.g. getting married, having children, attending graduate school). Their supervisors were very accommodating and allowed them to adjust their work schedules in order to tend to their life events. This is a small federal agency with a high turnover rate (due to the 5-year rule). The high turnover rate means that one will usually be tasked with the duties of more than one job. This is a positive if you're looking to gain experience in a multiple areas. This can be a negative as sometimes you're overworked.

    Cons

    The high turnover rate leads to inefficiencies. The new wave of employees is often left to re-create the wheel as the last wave did not get the opportunity to document the processes.


  4. "Community Natural Resource Advisor"

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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

    Pros

    Lots of flexibility; Great way to open doors in international development; excellent learning experience.

    Cons

    Volunteer Stipend is small (but that is to be expected); it can be hard to do sustainable projects; a lot depends on your host country counterpart


  5. "Awesome people and mission"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Awesome people and mission. Worldwide impact.

    Cons

    Small, understaffed but this provides opportunities you may not get anywhere else.


  6. "Good organization, but still a flawed"

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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

    Pros

    Decent monthly stipend for volunteers, if you know how to budget
    Extra pay for trainings and events
    Full medical

    Cons

    Fairly disorganized office
    Staff doesn't always respond to inquires


  7. "Volunteer"

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

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    If you're a self starter you have plenty of chances to do some good.

    Cons

    Little oversight can be a pro or con

  8. "Education Volunteer"

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    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.


  9. "Education Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    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.


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

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    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


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