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Peace Corps Employee Reviews about "new language"

Updated Oct 22, 2019

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Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet
Carrie Hessler-Radelet
525 Ratings
Pros
  • "New Language and Culture Appreciation(in 87 reviews)

  • "Opportunity to learn a new language and culture(in 50 reviews)

Cons
  • "Some volunteers struggle more than others due to the lack of language or exposure to other cultures(in 184 reviews)

  • "distance from family, feelings of isolation(in 66 reviews)

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  1. "Peace Corps Ethiopia RPCV"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    -Learning a new language -Was able to integrate myself into a new culture. -Able to do a lot of meaningful projects -Was challenged hard so that I was able to grow into a stronger individual

    Cons

    -Far away from home for two years -Not a whole lot of support

    Advice to Management

    -Love the organizational model and my time in the organization, but please find ways to more consistently support your volunteers

    Peace Corps2018-04-16
  2. "Headquarters and Post are very different"

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    Former Employee - Volunteer 

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Making relationships You learn a new culture New language

    Cons

    Headquarters in DC is extremely bureaucratic Unfair medical separations Each post is run very differently -- do your research on the country's program beforehand.

    Peace Corps2019-09-10
  3. "You get more than you give, better experience than any classroom I’ve ever sat in."

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

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Meaning, purpose, world-class training, get paid to develop fluency in a new language, stepping stone to become a diplomat, understand first-hand for two years what living in poverty means, diversity champions, truly the best ambassadorship program America has.

    Cons

    It can get lonely, feel isolating, people might think you’re a spy. Medical can be jaded and overlook serious medical issues. There is a small but very real frat/basic culture in each Peace Corps class that loves to party on the weekends.

    Advice to Management

    Know that you run the world’s best language training program. Keep it up! Be vigilant about volunteers’ health. If someone is sick, bring them in. If you don’t have the resources to see everyone, send them to a doctor you trust. You can’t skimp on health!

    Peace Corps2019-07-13
  4. "Development Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Great experience abroad learning a new language and culture.

    Cons

    Challenging language courses and cluster collaboration.

    Peace Corps2018-11-11
  5. "Unique Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    1. Free Travel, you get to experience places that tourists normally wouldn't go. 2. Build life skills, the opportunity to learn a new language 3. Challenge yourself, PC is a hard experience but it will make you a better person This is based on my experience in Armenia

    Cons

    It is sometimes challenging to live on the PC living allowance. Unless you can come with some extra money to travel and buy the extras, it is a really hard life. Sexual assault is also a huge risk for women. Personal safety is always a challenge.

    Advice to Management

    Please be more open about the risks of sexual assault. I would also like to see better medical staff, such as doctors from the USA, instead of Host country national doctors

    Peace Corps2018-02-26
  6. "Great opportunity to gain experience in international development"

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    Former Employee - Community Health Advisor 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Peace Corps is one of the surest ways to get significant experience in international development for people with no prior experience. You live and work within the community you are serving, providing technical assistance to meet the needs of your host community and build their capacity to continue after you leave. As such, activities, projects, and duties vary greatly between volunteers. Great way to learn a new... language, meet new friends, and explore a different culture.

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    Cons

    Peace Corps can be very stressful. You are on duty and representing the United States people basically 24/7 when you are within your host country. Furthermore, living conditions can be very different from what people are used to in the United States.

    Peace Corps2017-11-30
  7. "Peace Corps Volunteer"

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    Peace Corps Volunteer 
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Peace Corps for more than a year

    Pros

    Being a Peace Corps Volunteer is a life changing experience. You not only learn a new language, learn new technical skills, and expand your education, but you meet new people and gain a new family. After service, there is a large network of RPCVs in the US willing to reconnect with fellow volunteers and share stories.

    Cons

    You might get sick (stomach bugs...)

    Peace Corps2017-03-31
  8. "Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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    Neutral Outlook
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    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    -Working for something you believe in -Flexibility to focus on exactly what you want experience in while helping your community reach their goals -Learn to self manage and work autonomously -Develop great facilitation skills -Learn a new language and how to navigate a new culture -Make a modest stipend by American standards but is generally more than enough in the developing country you work in

    Cons

    Very difficult to implement community projects, as expected (but almost always worth the struggle!) Can be unorganized, as most large government agencies are

    Peace Corps2017-01-25
  9. "Education Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Teacher 
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    Positive Outlook
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    I worked at Peace Corps full-time for 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.

    Peace Corps2017-01-04
  10. "Peace Corps Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Jackson Heights, NY
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    If you want to adapt to a new culture, learn a new language, and really get to know a place and its people, this a great job.

    Cons

    Be prepared to live without electricity, reliable transportation, television, etc. This a pro and a con, but if you're put in a remote location, you won't have much intereaction with Peace Corps staff or other volunteers. It can be lonely, and staff may not understand your site or be equipped to help you.

    Peace Corps2016-12-09
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