Peace Corps Reviews

Updated 16 April, 2015
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  1. Working for Peace Corps Mozambique

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    -Fantastic experience
    -In country staff truly cares about volunteers and does their best to ensure they are safe and happy.

    Cons

    -Could improve health care services: though I was not sick often and did not have many problems, I heard of other people getting sick and the health care staff underestimating their illness and symptoms.

  2. Four Year Peace Corps Volunteer

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great fellowship opportunities for grad school after service (best monetary advantage for doing Peace Corps)
    - Noncompetitive eligibility for government jobs, especially in DC
    - Great life experience that makes you stand out when applying to jobs or grad school (you have to sell it right though)

    Cons

    - Not really getting paid which can be a great disadvantage when you are young
    - Opportunity cost of two years

    Advice to Management

    Give more control to what volunteers want to do along with primary assignment.

  3. Great experience learning skills that transfer to a ton of other situations.

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    Former Employee - Teacher Trainer in Nazrēt (Ethiopia)
    Former Employee - Teacher Trainer in Nazrēt (Ethiopia)

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    You get lots of hands on experience, get to make amazing connections, travel, learn about so much as it pertains to the world and work and yourself. you have a great support staff and wonderful coworkers. And again, experiencing amazing other cultures.

    Cons

    Paperwork, and government regulations. And depending on where you are placed issues with the local culture.

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  5. I worked as a TEFL volunteer teaching high school students a rural madrasa.

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    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Surabaya, East Java (Indonesia)
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Surabaya, East Java (Indonesia)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Fulfilling work, unique cultural experience, character building, excellent travel opportunities, lifelong friends

    Cons

    Country programs aren't of equal quality, some volunteers' motives are less than professional, living in less-developed conditions aren't ideal for everyone

    Advice to Management

    Prioritize program quality over program size. Too often, misguided State Department objectives lead programs to change too quickly, compromising both vounteers' and managers' abilities to effectively serve host country communities.

  6. Volunteer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunity to expand knowledge and skills

    Cons

    Remote locations, lack of amenities

  7. Public Health Educator

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    Former Employee - Public Health Educator in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Public Health Educator in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Challenge your world view, meet wonderful people.

    Cons

    Food, weather, transportation, isolation, cultural differences

  8. Great People to Work with - highly educated, well-traveled and interesting

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    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Smart, effective team members. Multi-cultural atmosphere.

    Cons

    Turn-over can be high and managers taking the best staff from other teams can be a challenge.

  9. Peace Corps - Truly The Hardest Job You'll Ever LOVE

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    Former Contractor - NGO Capacity Builder in Gaborone (Botswana)
    Former Contractor - NGO Capacity Builder in Gaborone (Botswana)

    I worked at Peace Corps as a contractor (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Being a Peace Corps Volunteer is one of the most challenging, yet most rewarding, things you can do. You are pushed outside your comfort zone and given opportunities few dream of. If you are willing to rise to the challenge (over and over again), then the experience is something like no other. Truly a life journey (and a development worker's dream come true)!

    Cons

    The role is very unstructured. If you aren't a go-getter and self-starter then you may have significant difficulties as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

    Advice to Management

    My post (Botswana) was extremely well organized and well run. I am proud to have been a part of that team.

  10. Peace Corps is an incredibly welcoming and friendly work environment.

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    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC (US)

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

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

    Pros

    The people are incredibly. Many are Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and are bringing in an array of cultural perspectives, which creates a dynamic and globally oriented work environment.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy. You would find this at any government agency, but sometimes it is difficult to change things or get things done.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the young people. They may not have as much experience, but they have great ideas.

  11. Peace Corps is a challenge. Do you accept?

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    Former Contractor - Peace Corps Volunteer in Kiev (Ukraine)
    Former Contractor - Peace Corps Volunteer in Kiev (Ukraine)

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

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

    Pros

    The US Peace Corps is an outstanding governmental organization working to improve the lives of others and share our American values with our partners around the world. I had the amazing opportunity to volunteer for three months in Ukraine and I couldn't be happier with my experience. I was totally immersed in Ukrainian village life and received exceptional cross-cultural awareness and language training. I connected on a very personal level with my adoptive Ukrainian family at site and with my Peace Corps family worldwide.

    Cons

    This job is not an easy won. You have to accept that some decisions are not in your control and that you are bound to the bureaucracy that is the Peace Corps. You must respect the chain of command and be on duty 24 hours a day.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.

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