Peace Corps

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4.3 359 reviews

96% Approve of the CEO

Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet

Carrie Hessler-Radelet

(90 ratings)

96% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Leadership experience, learn a new language, experience new cultures (in 31 reviews)

  • You go planning to meet really interesting Host Country Nationals (HCN) and you end up meeting some amazing fellow Americans as well (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • Admin doesn't quite understand the realities of being a volunteer, but that depends country to country (in 21 reviews)

  • Five-year rule causes too much turn over, you need to be looking for a new job when you walk in the door (in 7 reviews)

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    Utterly Lacking in Substance

    Country Desk Intern (Former Employee) Washington, DC (US)

    ProsIt paid $10/hour as a work-study job.

    ConsI gained no substantive experience whatsoever, and nobody had an interest in my development. All anyone wanted me for was gruntwork, and I was the most underutilized person in the office. I spent months asking for something real to do. They simply could never come up with anything. Their internship program is ill-managed, and led to wasted time for both parties. Also, I didn't know it at the time, but working for the Peace Corps disqualifies you from working for an intelligence agency for 4 years. This has now precluded me from interning with the CIA or DIA, and I was never made aware of this.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet it together.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Terrible experience after I was severely injured....

    CBOD (Former Employee) Bangkok (Thailand)

    ProsVolunteers are GREAT people to have known

    ConsMy program was disorganized: there were too many people sent and not enough for everyone to do. Many people ended up teaching english instead of what they were assigned to do. I was treated terribly after a medical emergency sent me back to the USA. I tried to re-apply again but was laughed at as they 'pitied' what had happened previously.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Open Peace Corps Response to public and cancel 27-month aimless volunteer stints

    Peace Corps Volunteer (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat cultural & language immersion

    ConsMedical staff does not care about you; Peace Corps is solely concerned with their own reputation and image; Staff does not support volunteers; Medical issues back in the states are a much bigger issue -- Staff in DC is not timely and they make it really difficult to get reimbursed or even get in to see a specialist

    Advice to Senior ManagementAssign jobs before volunteers are deployed (NOT once they are in-country); Hire better & knowledgable medical staff; Cancel Peace Corps and open Response type work to the public

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Disorganization - Completely lost its way

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsOther Volunteers are committed. The integration process of placement with host families was excellent.

    ConsHighest percentage of political appointees of ANY agency in Washington DC.
    A female volunteer is more likely to be sexually assaulted while in service than a US soldier was to be killed or wounded in Iraq.
    35% early termination rate

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire real managers with NGO experience. Stop appointing friends with no meaningful international exposure/experience. Re-evaluate the bottom-up approach - it's outdated and ineffective.

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