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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated June 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Life-changing experience, ability to learn a new language (in 41 reviews)

  • Working with Peace Corps is a wonderful, life changing experience (in 30 reviews)

Cons
  • Five-year rule and in-and-out rule (in 12 reviews)

  • Tough living conditions (obviously), but they make you a stronger person (in 21 reviews)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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.


  2. "PCV"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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.

  3. "Volunteer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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...


  4. Helpful (1)

    "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)


  5. "The Ultimate Professional Volunteer Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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!


  6. "inspiring mission and passionate colleagues"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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.


  7. "Tech Transfer Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Digital Marketing Consultant in Annapolis, MD
    Former Employee - Digital Marketing Consultant in Annapolis, MD
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A lot of space to and time to learn all I could about tech transfer so that I could make an enduring contribution. Able to do many different things.

    Cons

    A lack of structure that put off a lot of people. Personally, I loved it because I could widen my experience and contribution to my host-country counterparts. Many volunteers chose to languish and complain instead,

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that there is a Country Director who does not play favorites. More authority delegated to host.country program managers

  8. "An amazing life experience that every citizen must do."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - English Teacher in Braintree, MA
    Former Employee - English Teacher in Braintree, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You meet amazing people and are able to create great memories and help others as well as yourself.

    Cons

    They have very strict rules. And the management is slow to support volunteer's views and recommendations. Also, training and experiences vary from country to country.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more actively to advice from volunteers.


  9. "Peace Corps Volunteer Leader"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at Peace Corps (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working for the Peace Corps provides you with great management, leadership, and problem solving experience.

    Cons

    I do not have any cons at this time, since each experience is so different.


  10. "RPCV--->Staff"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great people
    -Diverse Staff
    -lots of options to move around
    -service minded individuals
    -great events
    -lots of opportunities for RPCVs

    Cons

    -bureaucracy
    -it takes a while to get stuff done
    -if youre unlucky you get stuck in a boring job with few options for movement
    -some individuals in HR can be pretty slow to respond,there are some stars and some duds


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