Peace Corps Reviews

Updated 22 April, 2015
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  1. A worthwhile experience that changes who you are, for better or for worse.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Literary Specialist (Volunteer) in Masaka, Masaka (Uganda)
    Current Employee - Literary Specialist (Volunteer) in Masaka, Masaka (Uganda)

    I have been working at Peace Corps (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Strong support from the organization.
    Decent training and preparation, compared to other entry level positions.
    Rewarding work that comes with a unique environment.

    Cons

    Sometimes, your computer becomes your best friend. Too much free time with few Westerners nearby can make life a bit repetitive.
    Integration is really tough.

    Advice to Management

    Not much to offer. Our management was supportive and helpful throughout the whole process. However, I'm sure that varies between countries.

  2. Peace Corps Volunteer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Wonderful life experience abroad for three years.

    Cons

    Not officially employed by US government.

  3. A wonderful and short stint.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Great people and wonderful office attitude

    Cons

    I cannot think of any! If you can get a job in the building you will enjoy it.

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  5. Toughest job you'll ever love.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Economic Development Consultant in Alajuela (Costa Rica)
    Current Employee - Economic Development Consultant in Alajuela (Costa Rica)

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Experience working at grass-roots level of international development, become proficient in new language, intercultural exchange, experience working under minimal supervision, grant-writing experience, experience conducting qualitative and quantitative research analysis.

    Cons

    Because of your limited resources, the success of your projects is rare. Moreover, much of your impact is not immediately measurable, which can be emotionally and professionally dissatisfying.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a better project support to volunteers once they transition to site.

  6. Community Economic Development Adviser Volunteer

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    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    You are able to learn a new language, culture and make lifelong friends.

    Cons

    You will learn your own limits, live without many of the comforts of home and spend 27 months away from your family.

  7. Health Volunteer (Mozambique)

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of freedom to pursue your own interests, whether that be a project or drinking. Full health coverage. They keep you safe.

    Cons

    Can be hard to get projects going because your host-country counterparts may not be motivated. Peace Corps is limited in the support it can provide here.

    Advice to Management

    Don't assume that a PCV can accomplish anything they want as long as they try hard enough. Otherwise, keep up the good work.

  8. Amazing Opportunity!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    See amazing things and meet wonderful people.
    Live a lifestyle you might never have lived otherwise.
    Supportive in-country staff.

    Cons

    Lack of modern conveniences (plumbing, electricity, etc.)
    Being faced with challenging situations every day.

    Advice to Management

    Peace Corps is a great program and the cons or challenges, are often what lead to the benefits.

  9. Challenging and Rewarding

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Undoubtedly a job with limitless personal rewards. Not only do you get to make a difference in the lives of your local partners and neighbors, but you are forever affected and improved by their influence on your own life. The relationships formed during your 2 year term will last a lifetime.

    Cons

    Volunteers must withstand constant health problems and emotional upheaval. It is not a job for the faint of heart.

    Advice to Management

    The organization remains fairly weak in terms of ensuring volunteer accountability. Many volunteers leave the program early, to the great disappointment of their communities, having clearly expressed a low level of commitment from the beginning. More thorough screening should be required.

    Personal security and health care for volunteers also needs to be improved.

    Volunteers need more financial resources for many of the programs they would like to implement in their communities. The Peace Corps needs to work on funding issues as well.

  10. You will get more out of it than you give - and that's OK.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Manila, Manila (Philippines)
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Manila, Manila (Philippines)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Amazing local partners and community support. Peace Corps trainers do their best to get you prepared in the short 3 month training program.

    Cons

    Peace Corps doesn't always match people appropriately with their skills. I taught English and science even though my background is in finance. There is also a great deal of red tape and bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    I understand that the organization is often working with a small budget and within the constraints of the government, but it often feels more like a corporation than an organization meant to do good in the world.

  11. AMAZING EXPERIENCE AS A VOLUNTEER WITH CHALLENGES WORKING FOR PEACE CORPS

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer
    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Making an impact in the community where you serve, gain good international development experience, amazing network of volunteers, learn a new language.

    Cons

    Not a lot of support, had to see the impact you make, lack of innovation, need to suck-up and show off to get noticed.

    Advice to Management

    Increase innovation and volunteer support. Focus on what projects work and encourage volunteers to do them. Help volunteers be the best they can be and get rid of the volunteers not doing their job.

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