Peace Corps Reviews

Updated 9 February, 2016
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  1. "Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Washington, DC (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Work for something greater than yourself Personal development opportunities are high Learn a new language and adopt a new culture as your own Chance to make a real difference

    Cons

    Work schedule is 24/7/365 Pay is objectively terrible Working conditions sometimes very challenging (heat, lack of facilities, malaria) Little to no control over geographic location Language and cultural barriers are common


  2. "Volunteer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Extension Volunteer in Chipata, Eastern (Zambia)
    Former Employee - Extension Volunteer in Chipata, Eastern (Zambia)
    Recommends

    I worked at Peace Corps (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great organization if you want to go abroad and volunteer. You will have create life long friends, do meaningful work and have stories to last a lifetime! Learn about different cultures

    Cons

    It is hard so be prepared. "Toughest job you'll ever love is very accurate" Sometimes the housing or other aspects of your life are out of your control. Sometimes the projects fail and you just have to keep trying!


  3. "Community Health Worker/ Educator and Promoter"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Community Health Worker in Portoviejo (Ecuador)
    Current Employee - Community Health Worker in Portoviejo (Ecuador)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    While your Peace Corps experience will always vary volunteer to volunteer, I have had the privilege and opportunity to work with local institutions that influence the community.

    Cons

    Sometimes work is inconsistent and if you're a purpose driven individual, you may have more free time than anticipated - explore your community and make work for yourself.

    Advice to Management

    More in-depth tools for improved data collecting, evaluating and monitoring to prepare PCVs for potential positions in the states.


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    "Primary Teacher Trainer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - PT TEFL
    Former Employee - PT TEFL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great way to experience a new culture. Learned a new language. Created Sustainable projects and met amazing people.

    Cons

    A lot of downtime but overall a great experience. They seem to play favorites with volunteers. Communication between post and DC is not timely.

    Advice to Management

    Medical needs to stay more confidential between volunteers. Seemed to be a ton of office turnover. Overall a great experience.


  6. "Do it"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You will always have an excellent story to tell The highest of highpoints in your life

    Cons

    Can be dangerous. Getting sick in the developing world is very hard. Lowest lows of your life

    Advice to Management

    Increase re-adjustment allowance


  7. "Volunteer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Very interesting experience. Life changing perspective.

    Cons

    Difficult at times. Language barrier at times.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  8. "Great"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trainee in Medford, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Trainee in Medford, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Peace Corps (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great time, great experience. I would recommend.

    Cons

    Lack of Organization. Lack of staff support.

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. "Sustainable agriculture volunteer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Panamá (Panama)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Panamá (Panama)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great training for language and sector. Pcmo's are knowledgable and helpful. Office staff is supportive and always willing to help.

    Cons

    Apcd's are tough to contact. Host country medical providers care is sub par. Office is understaffed and certain people are hard to get in touch with.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more pcmo's and do quality checks and reviews of approved clinics around the country. Strict enforcement of rules related to housing, vacation time, and small grants is sometime unnecessary


  10. "As a volunteer it is great"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in León (Nicaragua)
    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in León (Nicaragua)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Peace Corps (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of independence to do your own projects, though it doesn't look like it at first. Excellent language training.

    Cons

    A lot of people complain about the health care, but I wouldn't know, because I haven't had to use it, *knock on wood*

    Advice to Management

    Have higher expectations of your volunteers.


  11. "Awesome experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chisinau (Moldova)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chisinau (Moldova)

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

    Pros

    There is a new adventure everyday. Once you have become comfortable with language, the locals are really interested in your cause and help you help them.

    Cons

    For many people, it was a struggle to learn the language. Some volunteers end up leaving because communication is so difficult.

    Advice to Management

    I think they do a really good job at preparing the volunteers, but pre service training is almost a bit much. I would have enjoyed more freedom during the beginning of service.



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