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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated 4 March, 2015
Updated 4 March, 2015
460 Reviews
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460 Reviews
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Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet
Carrie Hessler-Radelet
130 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You get to learn a new language and understand a different culture the way many will never get the opportunity to (in 33 reviews)

  • You go planning to meet really interesting Host Country Nationals (HCN) and you end up meeting some amazing fellow Americans as well (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • Admin doesn't quite understand the realities of being a volunteer, but that depends country to country (in 23 reviews)

  • Peace Corps has a "five-year rule" which limits employment and reduces institutional memory (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    A great place to work, with opportunities to grow, advance, learn about other cultures, and develop valuable skills.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Country Desk Assistant in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Country Desk Assistant in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Great first job - lots of opportunity to take initiative, develop skills, and grow professionally
    -Learned a ton about international development, cultural sensitivity, continued to develop foreign language skills
    -It is unlike any other federal organization; it has an easygoing vibe, a focus on staying fresh and relevant, and feels more like a nonprofit than a government job

    Cons

    -The 5 year rule is good and bad; it's hard when your 5 years are up, but I do believe it has a big role in keeping the organizational culture so fresh
    -If you aren't a returned PC volunteer, it can be challenging to advance; most people are RPCVs, so those who aren't can sometimes feel like outsiders

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Diverse and fun agency

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Pros

    diverse and fun atmosphere to work at

    Cons

    can only work there 3-5 years

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    I was a Peace Corps Volunteer.

    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Managua (Nicaragua)
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Managua (Nicaragua)

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Great experience, very receptive staff to Volunteers needs.

    Cons

    Sometimes not great medical care. Also very top-down, despite what people say.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More independence to country offices.

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  5.  

    Tough but worth it...

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Peace Corps is a once in a lifetime opportunity, being able to fully immerse yourself into a new culture and walk away with valuable job skills.

    Cons

    No money, horrible student loan forgiveness!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    The Peace Corps is a phenomenal opportunity to live and work amidst foreign culture; it is a poor professional asset.

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    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Tirana (Albania)
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Tirana (Albania)

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

    Pros

    The best thing about the Peace Corps is the language training (with consistent effort, you WILL become fluent in the host country language), the opportunity to live and work in a foreign culture, and honor or representing the US through international service.

    Cons

    The Peace Corps is a poor way for young professionals to develop skills with transferable utility, or to increase their competitiveness in the domestic job market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider volunteer input more when determining site placements.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    -Opportunity to impact locals' lives
    -Meet other like-minded volunteers
    -Freedom to travel

    Cons

    -Sometimes frustrating in difficult in making "real change"
    -Psychological toll of living alone, away from peers and colleagues

  8.  

    Working for Peace Corps Mozambique

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    -Fantastic experience
    -In country staff truly cares about volunteers and does their best to ensure they are safe and happy.

    Cons

    -Could improve health care services: though I was not sick often and did not have many problems, I heard of other people getting sick and the health care staff underestimating their illness and symptoms.

  9.  

    Four Year Peace Corps Volunteer

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

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

    Pros

    - Great fellowship opportunities for grad school after service (best monetary advantage for doing Peace Corps)
    - Noncompetitive eligibility for government jobs, especially in DC
    - Great life experience that makes you stand out when applying to jobs or grad school (you have to sell it right though)

    Cons

    - Not really getting paid which can be a great disadvantage when you are young
    - Opportunity cost of two years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more control to what volunteers want to do along with primary assignment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great experience learning skills that transfer to a ton of other situations.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teacher Trainer in Nazrēt (Ethiopia)
    Former Employee - Teacher Trainer in Nazrēt (Ethiopia)

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    You get lots of hands on experience, get to make amazing connections, travel, learn about so much as it pertains to the world and work and yourself. you have a great support staff and wonderful coworkers. And again, experiencing amazing other cultures.

    Cons

    Paperwork, and government regulations. And depending on where you are placed issues with the local culture.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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