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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014
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4.3 360 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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    Not just an idealistic decision, but also a practical career choice

    Volunteer (Former Employee) La Romana (Dominican Republic)

    ProsThere are certain things that you can only learn from having the real-world experience, and Peace Corps is a very unique way of having the chance for this type of learning. The experience can vary by country, but I found the staff to be very supportive and the trainings were good at the beginning. Also, they have just recently made some changes to the application and project assignment process that look promising, so check that out. Lastly, if you're interested in a career in development, this is a great jumping off point.

    ConsA lot of the experience depends on the specific project you are assigned to, and not all of them are great. You do have some say in the type of project you want to be part of once you're in-country though. A whole lot of it depends on what you make of it and there is significant autonomy. Some people are ready for that and some aren't, but it can really satisfying and interesting.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere is some tension between the goals of the PC, basically between the cross-cultural goals and achieving actual development outcomes. I think PC can set higher expectations about the development outcomes. The cross-cultural piece is important, but it is not sufficient to give volunteers the impression that just doing that alone is enough.

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

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    Challenging my weaknesses and strength, this position because a very rewarding experience.

    Youth Development (Former Employee) Kiev (Ukraine)

    ProsHands on cross-cultural skills, international relations, government agency work, gained language skills, and a new perspective of life over all.

    ConsSo much personal growth is needed. But this is nothing close to a con.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the great need to continuously improve as you do now.

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

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    Amazing place to work!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsMost challenging but rewarding experience of my life! Peace Corps offers an amazing opportunity to give back through service and work with really great people.

    ConsExpect to be flexible! Learn how to make do with limited resources; it is a key component for success. The toughest job you’ll ever love!!

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

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    Hardest Job You Will Ever Love

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsYour service is what you make it. You can really get involved in the community, in your work, and in friends and have a lasting impact long after you leave.

    Cons.. or, you can be sad, lonely, depressed, and miserable. It's your choice. It is what you make it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAttract new volunteers just like every other company is doing.. Make it worth their time and lives by offering them jobs after!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Great organization if finding value in your work is important to you.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsTravel, challenge and essentially managing your own schedule and projects

    ConsLimited oversight from management made certain projects difficult to complete

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    Truly the hardest job you will ever love

    Peace Corps Volunteer (Former Employee) Asuncion, Central (Paraguay)

    ProsYou have time by yourself, but also make amazing friends halfway around the world. You learn how to be creative, to be a self-starter, and to not give up. You learn how to embrace failure and ask for support. And you may just learn a language that you will never use again.

    ConsNot a lot of support in some countries. I was lucky and had an amazing Peace Corps team, but I have heard that is not the same in all countries.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great life experience

    Peace Corps Volunteer (Former Employee) Jalapa (Nicaragua)

    ProsCultural/language/technical training, the host country staff is great and I grew so much as a person during my 27-month service.

    ConsThings are SLOW with DC. Reimbursements, medical requests all took a very long time to be "approved" by DC and then getting back to me.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great experience! I highly recommend it!

    Community Economic Development Volunteer (Former Employee) Arequipa, Arequipa (Peru)

    ProsI think the pros are obvious. You get to live in another country and experience a foreign culture like very few Americans have. You gain a perspective on development that is very difficult to get anywhere else.

    ConsSometimes you do feel the bureaucracy of the Federal Government. The pros outweigh the cons.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHelp out your volunteers when they need it.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Training, Work, and Travel

    English Teacher Trainer (Former Employee) Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)

    ProsAs a volunteer and as a staff member, I have seen PC from different angles. I was able to spend more than 2 years as a paid-volunteer overseas. In that time, I learned a new language, a new culture, and international experience. I was well taken care of, and I didn't spend any of my own money (except for the blood tests I had to get before I left). As an employee, I could not have had a better experience. They love their staff, and they take care of them. It is a lot of work, but I never felt overwhelmed and the benefits were great.

    ConsThe volunteer application is very long. Mine took a year, but other's took longer. You will be "roughing" it for two years. Don't expect first class accommodations. However, this is what a lot of people want out of their experience, the chance to live with locals in a developing country.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to find ways to keep volunteers safe and healthy. My experience was fine, but there is always room for improvement.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsBeing a Peace Corps Volunteer is an incredible experience. I loved my community, the high quality language instruction, and the community development projects in my country.

    ConsPeace Corps is a demanding experience, emotionally and physically. I would encourage all applicants to deeply reflect on whether or not this type of experience is right for them.

    The bureaucracy is frustrating, no matter what country you are in.

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