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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated 17 August, 2014
Updated 17 August, 2014
369 Reviews

4.3
369 Reviews
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Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet
Carrie Hessler-Radelet
93 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Leadership experience, learn a new language, experience new cultures (in 31 reviews)

  • You go planning to meet really interesting Host Country Nationals (HCN) and you end up meeting some amazing fellow Americans as well (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • Admin doesn't quite understand the realities of being a volunteer, but that depends country to country (in 21 reviews)

  • Five-year rule causes too much turn over, you need to be looking for a new job when you walk in the door (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Agriculture Advisor

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    Former Employee - Agriculture Volunteer  in  Sunyani (Ghana)
    Former Employee - Agriculture Volunteer in Sunyani (Ghana)

    Pros

    Intense experience, meet amazing people, have a great adventure. Life changing experience. Will actually miss it in a weird way when it's all over.

    Cons

    It's hard. You'll get sick, it will be dangerous, you will lose a lot of faith in government and development work. Most times projects won't work out how you planned.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great experience, would recommend to anyone interested in working abroad

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    Former Employee - Volunteer
    Former Employee - Volunteer

    Pros

    Flexibility and insightful experience, would highly recommend to anyone

    Cons

    Strict policies and procedures when out of site

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Wonderful, life changing experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development  in  Yerevan (Armenia)
    Former Employee - Business Development in Yerevan (Armenia)

    Pros

    Great place to learn about new cultures, grow as a person and really appreciate what it means to be an American.

    Cons

    A lot of government bureaucracy and reporting, but understandable as a way to measure volunteer and program success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Flesh out volunteer assignments and host families better so volunteers have easier transitions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Rewarding but challenging

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    Former Employee - TEFL Volunteer
    Former Employee - TEFL Volunteer

    Pros

    Get to live abroad, they really take care of you, get to learn a new language, you'll always have a good story in future interviews.

    Cons

    You can get stuck in a bad situation. Peace Corps isn't very responsive to individual volunteers needs if their name is on the line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should be better feedback mechanisms for discontent. I and other volunteers felt very shut out at time, especially with legitimate isses.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Highly Recommended for Anyone Considering a Career in Development

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    As a Peace Corps Volunteer, you are "in the trenches" of international development work on a daily basis for two years. The perspective you will gain in regards to what makes an effective development project on the ground/community level is eye-opening and invaluable if you plan to pursue development work as a career. Every day can bring something different and surprise you in the ways that you can contribute to your host community.

    Cons

    Every Peace Corps experience is very different from the next, so any of the points in this review can be viewed as pros or cons, depending on your personality, expectations, and country/community assignment. One con for me is that Peace Corps is a highly unstructured program. I was assigned to a very disorganized community and host organization, neither of which had any motivation in engage in development projects. Identifying long-term projects and training my host organization was a long and frustrating process.

  7.  

    Life changing

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The opportunity to take time out of your life to learn about others is phenomenal. We're there as ambassadors; learning about the people we're there for. The developing world is doing just that, developing.

    Cons

    The program itself is lacking; being there under the countries expectations is only appropriate if the country wants Peace Corps to develop and support. Not supplement what the country doesn't retain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the program already, JFK understood the importance of change.

  8.  

    Insightful Experience

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    Former Employee - Youth Development Volunteer  in  Rabat (Morocco)
    Former Employee - Youth Development Volunteer in Rabat (Morocco)

    Pros

    Live abroad
    Work with a community
    Learn a new language
    Get to know a new culture
    Plenty of resources
    Great friends

    Cons

    Isolation
    Little to no contact with USA
    A little disorganized
    Lack of transportation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    DC headquarters needs more direct communication with PCVs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A small dysfunctional federal bureaucracy

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Staff in Washington, DC (US)

    Pros

    As a staff member, civil service salaries and benefits are the best in the nation. As a volunteer in the field, the experience is usually very positive thanks to host country people.

    Cons

    Too many unqualified political appointees at HQ. Overseas staff not always well-qualified, resulting in hardships for volunteers. Very little oversight in Washington or overseas offices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to volunteers. Focus on quality management for the long-term. Cut the bs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Depends on your own experience and what you make of it

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great way to open to your eyes to what's actually out there and learn about different culture from your own perspective instead of the media's.

    Cons

    Will need to learn to be more dependent on yourself because most likely Peace corps and your host country will not be as supportive as you would hope.

  11.  

    The toughest job that you'll be too embarrassed to admit you hate.

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    Former Employee - PCV  in  Nairobi (Kenya)
    Former Employee - PCV in Nairobi (Kenya)

    Pros

    Fantastic experience, graduate degree fellowships, language skills, life time friends.

    Cons

    Pay isn't great, difficult living arrangements, no clear direction for upward mobility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most of the training and application process is about building realistic expectation for the experience.

    It is amazing how many people still go in without realistic expectations.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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