Peace Corps Reviews

Updated 8 September, 2014
Updated 8 September, 2014
376 Reviews
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Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet
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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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  1.  

    RPCV

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Grassroots and HQ experience. Fantastic opportunity to travel and gain a foothold in international development.

    Cons

    Experience necessitates personal growth and development, in country and HQ staff offers little support

    Recommends
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    Life changing experience - 'the toughest job you'll ever love'

    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer
    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer

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

    Pros

    Being a Peace Corps Volunteer is a unique and life changing experience. Also if you're starting a career in international development it is absolutely essential to have this experience first - there's no other job or organization that will allow you to learn a local language and live like a local. Without this viewpoint it's impossible to become nearly as effective an international development professional.

    Cons

    Often peace corps volunteers struggle with the isolation of being a PCV, but overcoming this is also one of the positive parts of the experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being so soft on volunteers and stop being afraid to admin sep people. Staff should treat being a PCV as a job, and if PCVs aren't doing their job they should be fired.

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    Life Changing Experience with Peace Corps

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    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer

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

    Pros

    My time at Peace Corps changed the way I think and my own beliefs. I loved being able to experience the world in a drastically new way with all the different experiences out there.

    Cons

    The experience is one of the most challenging things you will do in your life and certainly not for everyone. You have to be very driven and willing to handle new experiences.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Peace Corps management is too top heavy and needs to be more volunteer or local staff driven.

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    Diverse experiences, significant challenges, very rewarding.

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    Former Employee - Small Business Development Advisor  in  Chisinau (Moldova)
    Former Employee - Small Business Development Advisor in Chisinau (Moldova)

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

    Pros

    The Peace Corps provides support for you to take on many different challenges relating to language and cultural differences. The opportunities to exchange culture, knowledge, and skills are unmatched. If you are open to learning as much, if not more, from your host country partners as you will do to help them,. this is an opportunity for you!

    Cons

    Potentially challenging living conditions, although that varies greatly by assignment. If you are not proactive in overcoming challenges this is not for you.

    Recommends
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    Best experience of my life

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    Former Employee - Youth Volunteer
    Former Employee - Youth Volunteer

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

    Pros

    Learning another language
    Expanding global awareness
    Good staff support

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic
    Significant amount of paperwork

    Recommends
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  7.  

    Great experience, but based a lot on what you make of it.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Autonomy, great opportunities, new people, crazy situations, discovery, once in a lifetime, learning.

    Cons

    Little structure, hard living situations.

  8.  

    Great life changing experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Great experience, had a lot of fun

    Cons

    In country staff was not very good

  9.  

    Chance to see the world and see what you knew differently.

    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer  in  Komsomolsk (Ukraine)
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Komsomolsk (Ukraine)

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

    Pros

    If you are a proactive person, you can learn a lot of things and get a lot of things done-- sometimes what you do also depends on your community.

    Cons

    Takes awhile to be admitted-- the average person takes 1 year to go through the application process. It can be isolating the first year, but if you stick it out and really work at the local language, the second year will be phenomenal.

    Recommends
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    Not just an idealistic decision, but also a practical career choice

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    Former Employee - Volunteer  in  La Romana (Dominican Republic)
    Former Employee - Volunteer in La Romana (Dominican Republic)

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

    Pros

    There 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.

    Cons

    A 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 ManagementAdvice

    There 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.

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

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    Former Employee - Youth Development  in  Kiev (Ukraine)
    Former Employee - Youth Development in Kiev (Ukraine)

    I worked at Peace Corps as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great need to continuously improve as you do now.

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