Peace Corps Reviews

Updated 28 October, 2014
Updated 28 October, 2014
407 Reviews
4.3
407 Reviews
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Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Leadership experience, learn a new language, experience new cultures (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 22 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Peace Corps Volunteer wahooooooooooooo

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Super fun! And Ethiopian food is delicious.

    Cons

    Sometimes no power or phone network

  2.  

    Life changing

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Works that is meaningful for you

    Cons

    Tough living conditions at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work

  3.  

    Cut Short by Ebola

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    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Freetown (Sierra Leone)
    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Freetown (Sierra Leone)

    I have been working at Peace Corps as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Wonderful people to live and work with. Similar backgrounds and experiences all led us to pick Peace Corps. Most of the staff were former volunteers, so they knew what situation we were in.

    Cons

    As with all government agencies, there's a hefty amount of bureaucracy. I was in Sierra Leone, and it didn't seem as if everyone was quite sure what was happening. This is completely understandable, though, because of Ebola. That is what ultimately cut our experience short.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Peace Corps Volunteer

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

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Learn a new language
    Meet amazing friends you'll have for a lifetime
    Push yourself past all your boundaries

    Cons

    After training little to no support from administrative staff
    Ambiguous program goals
    Very little transferable skills

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more in country support to volunteers and make sure PCMOs in country are actually competent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Be entrepreneurial

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    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Panamá (Panama)
    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Panamá (Panama)

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Personal development, laying in hammocks

    Cons

    Lack of accountability, lack of direction, lack of measurable outcomes, lack of evaluation, lack of resources

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Don't expect to last as a staff if not your home country

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    Former Employee - Technical Trainer
    Former Employee - Technical Trainer

    I worked at Peace Corps as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Worked as a Program Trainer (staff) in Latin America and proved to be a great experience. I got a change to get to know each one of the volunteers prior to them being placed on their communities, work with different communities, and work with all the different staff at the office throughout the trainings. Salary/benefits were above average for local conditions, however, definitely not competitive when compared to other large governmental organizations. Time-off was great. There were several months during the year when we would work 60-80 hrs/week, but were able to accrued extra time and then take additional time off. Office culture was above average, great staff and good management overall.

    Cons

    Upper management was not able to provide effective strategies for Project Managers to improve their quality of work. This resulted in high trainer turnover over 5-7 years due to working relationships with PM--most likely because of political strings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's good to suggest for staff to "manage up", but it comes a time when the PMs need to improve their quality of work and actually do their job and manage.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Appreciation comes with perspective.

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    Former Employee - Business Volunteer in Yerevan (Armenia)
    Former Employee - Business Volunteer in Yerevan (Armenia)

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

    Pros

    You get to do amazing things with full autonomy right out of college.
    You meet people who are incredibly interested in you and your background.
    You get to learn about another culture and what it has to offer.

    Cons

    The cultural differences are sometimes frustrating and patience only gets you so far.
    Making the difference that some people set out to make is usually a fools errand.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sometimes treat volunteers like college students. Perhaps that's because so many are, but some additional freedom would have been nice.

    Recommends
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    Peace Corps Volunteer

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    Former Employee - Business Advisor in San Agustín, Copán (Honduras)
    Former Employee - Business Advisor in San Agustín, Copán (Honduras)

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

    Pros

    Great experience to experience life in an underserved community. Great opportunity to have a positive impact. Great relationships are built and you get to see how well you handle being outside your comfort zone.

    Cons

    It gets lonely at times. It is a grassroots effort, so finding a sustainable solution for problems may be difficult. It takes time to really understand the problems people face and by then you realize your service is over

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find collaboration possibilities: USAID, other NGO's, etc. to work on projects together (they bring resources, volunteers bring manpower).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Toughest job I'll ever love.

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    Former Employee - School & Community Resources Volunteer in Pretoria, Gauteng (South Africa)
    Former Employee - School & Community Resources Volunteer in Pretoria, Gauteng (South Africa)

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

    Pros

    Though quite challenging, the rewards you claim from successful projects and goals attained is absolutely amazing. The level of personal development and growth you gain is unmatched from any other work experience. Traveling in country or outside the borders is always a perk.

    Cons

    The application process is long and demanding. At respective sites/villages, volunteers are responsible for their own health and safety, which requires good-judgement and awareness. Compensation is minimal since you are a volunteer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Once in a life-time opportunities but inefficient bureaucracy.

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    Former Employee - Education Specialist in Mbabane (Swaziland)
    Former Employee - Education Specialist in Mbabane (Swaziland)

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

    Pros

    Integrate into a community across the globe. Build life-long relationships. Change the lives of your neighbors and friends while building life-long relationships and building capacity to solve persistent challenges.

    Cons

    Inefficient bureaucracy often gets in the way of progress on projects. Overly focused on volunteer retention verses quality of work-product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold volunteers more accountable to meeting objectives and press them to engage and overcome challenges rather than find excuses.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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