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  1.  

    TEFL Volunteer

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    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
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    It's what you make of it

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    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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    The friendliest people you'll ever want to stab you in the back.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    There is a lot of love to go around in this building. The people who come to work everyday come because they care and have a common esprit de corps. There is lots of room for promotion and a great work life balance. Whats more when you leave, everyone is there to say a heartfelt goodbye.

    Cons

    Peace Corps is, at the end of the day, a government bureaucracy. Its ideals, hopes and dreams, inevitably fail to measure up to its achievements. Its political appointees pursue their own personal, Washington D.C oriented vendetta's with one another, with little regard for what goes on beyond its walls, in the Peace Corps community and with the Volunteers overseas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop bickering with one another, comport yourselves with apparent integrity, and learn to communicate better, with staff, with volunteers in the field, and with the 200,000+ returned members of the Peace Corps.

    Additionally, create a clear decision making process, one that isn't based on personal relationships, or ego, but on an understood, accepted and transparent process where the most reasoned or innovative idea wins.

    And never appoint political appointees who didn't serve as Peace Corps Volunteers. Period.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Should not be considered a government agency

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    - Postive attitudes; 90% RPCVs at HQ

    Cons

    - no continuity due to archaic 5 year rule
    - not much professionalism
    - not much productivity
    - not much business ethic
    - some jobs seem improvised
    - cult-like vibe

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much time is spent on the PC culture instead of the daily workloads. The mission needs to be reformed to fit modern day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Wonderful organization making a positive impact in developing countries.

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    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
  7.  

    Very fun and engaging environment.

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    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
  8.  

    An experience to remember

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Pros

    training, training, training, training, training

    Cons

    playing favorites and no confidentiality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    not everyone should be a manager.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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

  11.  

    Wonderful Experience

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    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

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