Peace Corps Reviews

Updated 23 October, 2014
Updated 23 October, 2014
403 Reviews
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403 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 32 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.  

    Wonderful experience of truly living in another country, however Peace Corps provided little positive support.

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    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer

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

    Pros

    You get to learn a new language and understand a different culture the way many will never get the opportunity to. It provides you with great independence and the opportunity to work on leadership and project development skills (which are great for a variety of future careers). The monthly stipend you receive is enough to let you live in the village you're in, but if you plan on traveling around you will need to come with some money from home.

    Cons

    Just like working with any government agency, there are many rules and regulations in place. I personally lived in a smaller country so I had a lot of unwanted control on my projects and schedules. Usually if you are working for an organization, it is expected that you have management and supervision from superiors. However, because you are told to be independent and to be an individual volunteer in your respective communities, it is hard to truly make an impact and do projects that you think will benefit your community when you feel constricted my Peace Corps' regulations and management. The amount of control you feel from your supervisors differs from the type of person is staffed there at the time. It may be worthwhile, before accepting your invitation to the country, to ask people currently serving there now about their opinion of the director and program managers.

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    Former Employee - Community Development Volunteer in Chaplinka (Ukraine)
    Former Employee - Community Development Volunteer in Chaplinka (Ukraine)

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Great international experience, learned to take initiative and importance of cultural in doing business

    Cons

    little institutional support, need more support from US Peace Corps and in country staff

  3.  

    Volunteering is a Challening, Life-changing Opportunity

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Volunteer in Pretoria, Gauteng (South Africa)
    Current Employee - Volunteer in Pretoria, Gauteng (South Africa)

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

    Pros

    + Hands-on learning opportunity you'd never get in another entry-level job
    + Learn about and make lifelong friends from different cultures
    + See an interesting part of the world
    + Amazing support system
    + Everything is covered - health care, dental, vision, plane tickets, etc.

    Cons

    - Obviously living in a developing community is very challenging, isolating, and stressful
    - Sometimes Peace Corps doesn't do the best job matching volunteers with assignments, but it looks like they're trying to fix that with the new application system.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Diverse experiences, significant challenges, very rewarding.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Small Business Development Advisor in Chisinau (Moldova)
    Former Employee - Small Business Development Advisor in Chisinau (Moldova)

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

    Pros

    The Peace Corps provides support for you to take on many different challenges relating to language and cultural differences. The opportunities to exchange culture, knowledge, and skills are unmatched. If you are open to learning as much, if not more, from your host country partners as you will do to help them,. this is an opportunity for you!

    Cons

    Potentially challenging living conditions, although that varies greatly by assignment. If you are not proactive in overcoming challenges this is not for you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    It is what you make it.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Pros

    You can now choose where you go.

    Cons

    You might just be a political pawn somewhere..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Best experience of my life

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Youth Volunteer
    Former Employee - Youth Volunteer

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

    Pros

    Learning another language
    Expanding global awareness
    Good staff support

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic
    Significant amount of paperwork

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great experience, but based a lot on what you make of it.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Autonomy, great opportunities, new people, crazy situations, discovery, once in a lifetime, learning.

    Cons

    Little structure, hard living situations.

  9.  

    Chance to see the world and see what you knew differently.

    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Komsomolsk (Ukraine)
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Komsomolsk (Ukraine)

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

    Pros

    If you are a proactive person, you can learn a lot of things and get a lot of things done-- sometimes what you do also depends on your community.

    Cons

    Takes awhile to be admitted-- the average person takes 1 year to go through the application process. It can be isolating the first year, but if you stick it out and really work at the local language, the second year will be phenomenal.

    Recommends
  10.  

    Good fit for those who are committed

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Baku (Azerbaijan)
    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Baku (Azerbaijan)

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities for those who are ambitious with implementing projects.

    Cons

    Can be disheartening to fail a lot of times before succeeding

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to cultivate best practices amongst PCVs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great life changing experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Great experience, had a lot of fun

    Cons

    In country staff was not very good

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