Peace Corps
4.3 of 5 318 reviews
www.peacecorps.gov Washington, DC 1000 to 5000 Employees

Peace Corps Reviews

Updated Apr 13, 2014
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96% Approve of the CEO

Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet

Carrie Hessler-Radelet

(70 ratings)

96% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great Experience

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Peace Corps

ProsOnce in a lifetime experience to work in a community that you would not have otherwise had access to. If you are interested in living overseas, PC is a great way to try it without incurring as much risk.

ConsDefinitely some challenging times living in another culture and being away from any real structure. Teaches you how to manage yourself.

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An incredible opportunity

Environmental Volunteer (Former Employee)
Bratislava (Slovakia)

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

ProsExperience different cultures and new challenges. Amazing opportunity to travel and work overseas, learn a new language, and make life-long friendships.

ConsThe work you do will not necessarily translate into a job when you return home, though you will inevitably get asked about your Peace Corps service in every single job interview.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Multiculturally diverse and inclusive environment but a little behind on tech innovation.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Peace Corps full-time for more than 3 years

ProsThe place is very internationally diverse. People are generally friendly, nice, inclusive, curious and respectful of other cultures and languages. There are lots of professional development opportunities- mainly because of the high turnover rate- you have to learn quick and be open to getting many duties as needed assignments (this depends on the dept).

ConsA challenge of working here is that work-life balance varies by dept. and there is no consistency. It seems that only those who are pregnant, have kids, or have families can telework. Professional development also varies by dept. You often have to relate professional development classes to your job-- how about if you've excelled at your entry/mid-level position? Are you given to grow outside of your position to a career after Peace Corps? Again that depends on your dept's leadership.

Advice to Senior ManagementHave more work-life balance opportunities- be consistent in enforcing it. Have more professional development opportunities that would truly allow you to grow outside of your present position.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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You have to make the most it

Secondary Education Volunteer (Current Employee)
Nampula, Nampula (Mozambique)

I have been working at Peace Corps full-time for more than a year

ProsInternational experience, a chance to grow and develop as a person and a employee

ConsSometimes you have to make the most of a bad situation, they cannot guarantee everything will work out, you have to go with the flow

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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HIV/AIDS Work in Botswana, Africa

District Community Liaison (Former Employee)
Gaborone (Botswana)

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

ProsThe opportunity to live alone in Botswana rare relative to other African countries. I found that refreshing and sometimes a little nerve wracking. You go planning to meet really interesting Host Country Nationals (HCN) and you end up meeting some amazing fellow Americans as well!

ConsNot enough accountability by host country staff and excessive demands and regulations on volunteers. Training was the toughest part of my Peace Corps service for reasons of acclimating, and dealing with PC staff.

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement is entirely different country to country. The management in Botswana was not entirely accustomed or exposed to American customs and culture, so communication was difficult when dealing with sensitive issues (as perceived by Americans).

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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The toughest job you'll ever love

Peace Corps Volunteer (Former Employee)
Bamako, Bougouriba (Burkina Faso)

I worked at Peace Corps full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat international experience. You learn a lot about what is development, and how so many others are doing it wrong. Hopefully you leave with a greater understanding of how to help others, without creating dependency.

ConsI like having clear goals and objectives, but individual site work for Peace Corps volunteers can be vague. For those that are creative, independent, or entrepreneurial this may be great. For those who like to be organized and end driven, you'll have to talk to other volunteers and program managers on how you can measure your impact and create small projects while you wait to figure out what your big project will be.
Also you might get sick, like all the time.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Former Peace Corps Volunteer who served in two countries

Peace Corps Volunteer (Former Employee)

I worked at Peace Corps full-time

ProsAs a Peace Corps Volunteer, you receive world-class language, cultural, and position specific training in-country. Further, the Peace Corps has a great reputation which will follow you after your tenure

ConsAs a government entity, the Peace Corps is susceptible to slow government response times and red tape when it comes to seeking to receiving feedback and proposing new ideas.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Peace Corps Volunteer (Former Employee)

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

Prosevery day is an adventure. amazing life and career experience. learn another language, learn more about yourself and your strengths and challenge yourself every day.

Conscultural norms can be difficult to adjust too, requires great patience and flexibility, challenging readjustment back to the usa, staff support varies from country to country

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Not incredibly well-run but probably the most well-run Peace Corps program in Africa.

Peace Corps Volunteer (Current Employee)
Dakar (Cameroon)

I have been working at Peace Corps full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat experience learning to work in low-resource setting and enduring hot season and rainy season while still going to work every day. Supportive country director and cohort.

ConsLow pay. The hot season is a difficult time to live through because it coincides with the hungry season when food is honestly not plentiful. Some staff are difficult to work with as they do little actual work.

Advice to Senior ManagementNeed more supervision and accountability among all host country staff.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Safe exposure to the world.

TEFL Volunteer (Former Employee)
Kiev (Ukraine)

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

ProsThis is the safest way to experience a foreign culture for several years at a time. It provides a great safety network, connections and a host family that looks after you in your village. If you want to break free of ethnocentric viewpoints and see the world through others' eyes, then this is a great opportunity.

ConsIt's terribly depressing to be all alone in a foreign culture. Even though you do have a host family, friends and colleagues, you end up alone. A lot.

Advice to Senior ManagementThey're doing a great job in Ukraine, at least.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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