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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated 27 January, 2015
Updated 27 January, 2015
440 Reviews
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440 Reviews
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Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Difficult but worth it; periods of boredom punctuated with bursts of stress and anxiety; you never stop learning.

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

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

    Pros

    -Flexible schedule
    -You can work on projects that interest you, as long as their is community interest as well
    -Learning about another culture
    -Local friends
    -Plenty of time outdoors
    -Moments of incredible peace and satisfaction
    -A life changing experience

    Cons

    -Mentally challenging: can be lonely and alienating
    -Exhausting to always be visible in village
    -Peace Corps bureaucracy
    -Plans falling through, projects failing miserably
    -Always feeling like you could do more

  2.  

    TEFL Volunteer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - TEFL Volunteer in Yevlax (Azerbaijan)
    Former Employee - TEFL Volunteer in Yevlax (Azerbaijan)

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    See the world. Learn a language. Assimilate to another culture.

    Cons

    Often isolated and lack of managerial support

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    It's what you make of it

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Barranquilla, Atlántico (Colombia)
    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Barranquilla, Atlántico (Colombia)

    I have been working at Peace Corps part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The Peace Corps can be an amazing experience if you are a go-getter and not expecting people to give you things to do. You have to find what needs to be done and go for it. No one should go into this expecting to be some sort of local savior. You will need to find awesome locals to work with, spend most of your time listening to them and then draw on what they tell you to help them accomplish what they want. Also, you will most likely being doing something completely different than what you thought and the assignment the Peace Corps gives you. If you come to the Peace Corps with an open heart, it will be an awesome experience.

    Cons

    You can feel like you aren't accomplishing much at first. There is very little hand-holding or support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sometimes the Peace Corps can treat volunteers like teenagers when it comes to rule-setting.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Wonderful organization making a positive impact in developing countries.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer

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

    Pros

    -skills training
    -language skills development
    -technical suppoet
    -excellent medical coverage
    -opportunities to travel

    Cons

    -long application process
    -small stipend
    -can be challenging to work in site where placed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Very fun and engaging environment.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Solid and enviable mission, lots of camaraderie, never-ending office supplies.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is a headache, lots of change without much input from employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Loved my entire experience at Peace corps. Really great group of people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Great goals, diverse group of employees

    Cons

    Bureaucratic and often strict in regulations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not applicable

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I loved my service with the Peace Corps

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Great opportunity to be involved with community members in a environment that promoted individual ideas. The Peace Corps has thus far been the most enjoyable experience I have had with an organization.

    Cons

    I can not think of any cons. The Peace Corps is what you make of it, as is most of life. I lived and made the most of my service with the United States Peace Corps.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    great

  9.  

    Wonderful Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Health Volunteer in Soweto (South Africa)
    Former Employee - Health Volunteer in Soweto (South Africa)

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Life changing work and life experience
    Opened doors for future growth

    Cons

    Long hours
    Local agency support is often hit or miss

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to develop training and development programs to meet volunteer challenges

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    One of the best experiences of my life and career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Pros

    - The experience of working with a community to develop the skills, projects and initiatives that are important to them
    - Incredible autonomy to initiate and facilitate secondary projects within the community
    - Opportunity to integrate into a different culture
    - Flexibility and autonomy allow for development of great leadership skills that can be put to use in any job or career opportunity

    Cons

    - Reintegration can be difficult after Peace Corps service
    - Not a ton of support for volunteers to work together on projects across regions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Support collaborative volunteer projects
    - Additional services to help volunteers reintegrate post service

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent people comfortable with a lot of independence

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Pros

    independence, variety, great language skills opportunities. Travelling obviously.

    Cons

    country by country, experiences can vary greatly

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