Peace Corps Reviews

Updated 16 April, 2015
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  1. Toughest job you'll ever love.

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    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.

  2. Health Volunteer (Mozambique)

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  3. Community Economic Development Adviser Volunteer

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    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.

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  5. Work on communications and technology for recruitment

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great mission
    Relaxed environment
    Staff is passionate about what they do

    Cons

    Lack of strategic direction and planning
    Many staff (especially appointees) afraid to take risks and try new things
    Terrible technology infrastructure; feels like you're operating in 2007

  6. Woth the experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at Peace Corps

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

    Pros

    Adventure, expansion of cultural horizons, experiences you'll never forget...and great job experience. Leadership experience like no other. Forever changes your life. Plus free health care and living expenses.

    Cons

    No pay; readjustment allowance of $275/month you get when you get home. Hardships include doing without many modern conveniences, health risks.

    Advice to Management

    There's absolutely no attempt to track the efficacy of previous work in each country, despite the constant litanies about monitoring and evaluation. Tremendous bureaucracy.

  7. It really is the toughest job you'll ever love

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    Former Employee - Secondary Education Volunteer in Nampula, Nampula (Mozambique)
    Former Employee - Secondary Education Volunteer in Nampula, Nampula (Mozambique)

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

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

    Pros

    Personal growth, fulfilling work, cultural as well as other experience, set duration, looks good on a resume

    Cons

    being far from family and friends can be difficult at times, culture shock can be hard at first, you have a feeling of always 'being on' in your community which can get tiring at times

    Advice to Management

    None

  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. Would continue working here forever if there was no term limit and more room for upward mobility within the organization

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Regional Recruiter
    Former Employee - Regional Recruiter

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

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

    Pros

    It is a federal position so the benefits are great. Each office has a different culture but overall big hearted management and collective mission

    Cons

    There is or was a 5 year term limit which means people need to start searching for a new position around 3.5-4 years and often leave before the 5 years.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the innovative approach and positive culture.

  10. Challenging and Rewarding

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    • 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.

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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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.

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