Peace Corps Reviews

Updated 23 August 2014
Updated 23 August 2014
374 Reviews

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374 Reviews
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Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet
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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.  

    Good for entry level, not as a focused career step.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer  in  Panamá (Panama)
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Panamá (Panama)

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

    Pros

    Great way to get started in international development immediately out of college, or stay involved after retiring. The specifics of your job will be left up to chance and your own initiative, so this can be a good thing if you are lucky and find a way to shine.

    Cons

    Stipend barely covered living expense, let alone work expenses. Weak organizational structure results limited opportunities to demonstrate skills important to other international development organizations, such as monitoring & evaluation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Not as advertised - Namibia Health Volunteer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer  in  Windhoek (Namibia)
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Windhoek (Namibia)

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Opportunity to see another part of the world
    Other Volunteers
    Plenty of time to yourself

    Cons

    The biggest issue was lack of work. I left early largely because of this. I was not the only one. Most people I spoke with in my group had maybe 1-2 hours of real work per day (and that was if they were lucky). This is not due to laziness, this is due to lack of connections in the community and little support from the Peace Corps. If you go, be prepared to be an American ambassador more than anything else. Note: This is not a development job. I rarely heard of a project that was sustainable.

    Cons: little to no site development by Peace Corps staff, safety concerns, Peace Corps does not take any negative feedback from volunteers seriously

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please start listening to the volunteers that leave early instead of blaming them. This program has some major flaws that need to be addressed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Stressful Environment of Office of Budget Analysis

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Office Assistant  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at Peace Corps as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    -Work with lots of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) who are passionate about their experiences, and always have a good story to tell.
    -Some cool special events and guest speakers from local and international government officials.

    Cons

    -Extremely stressful government position dealing with possible furloughs and constantly shrinking budget
    -Stale environment on financial floor

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Other offices seem to have a lot more fun, but in OBA it was extremely boring, uninteresting and stressful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    It' not the Peace Corps. It's the TEACH ENGLISH OVERSEAS CAUSE YOU CAN'T GET A REAL JOB AT HOME CORPS!

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Youth Advisor  in  Baku (Azerbaijan)
    Former Employee - Youth Advisor in Baku (Azerbaijan)

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Living in a country, learning a few critical languages, perfect if you've got a degree and can't find a job, great reason to travel. The glamor factor of the name because the outside world is clueless.

    Cons

    A written mission but ineffective when it comes to development work. We are NOT development workers. It's not all that it use to be. Forget using Peace Corps to get a decent job but looks great for graduate school. It's a shabby organization that has no clear direction. The sexual assault for women is outrageous and people come home with illnesses they can't get rid of. You often find yourself bored. Waste of time in hinde sight. Peace Corps has been around for 50+ years and are any countries that we serve in better? Think hard before you join. It's not all that is cracked up to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set clear cut goals. Slash the amount of time volunteers need to be in country. Put volunteers in a place where real impact can happen. I won't happen at the top up. Add nutritionist and psychiatrist to your medical staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    The toughest job you'll ever, er, tolerate.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer  in  San Joaquín, Guanacaste (Costa Rica)
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in San Joaquín, Guanacaste (Costa Rica)

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    -Gives you unparalleled insights into another culture.
    - I made a lot of friends (host country nationals and other volunteers).
    - Allowed me to travel around Central America.

    Cons

    -I didn't feel like my site was adequately vetted before I got there.
    -Lack of clear job or mission.
    -Unsupported by PC staff when I had problems at my site.
    -The blame the volunteer mentality demonstrated by most of the staff.
    -Extremely rigid rules.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a better job of vetting sites and defining a volunteer's role before they get to their sites.
    Create a more supportive atmosphere for solving volunteer problems.
    Realize that most volunteer "bad behavior" is caused by the extreme stress we are confronted with.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Peace Corps - Being a PCV Is Great - Working at HQ Can Be an Less Great

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Country Desk Officer
    Current Employee - Country Desk Officer

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Pros

    The mission of the agency is in theory well-intentioned. The line workers at the agency headquarters are usually nice people, mostly RPCVs.

    Cons

    Management positions are largely political appointees (there are nearly thirty of them).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-evaluate some of the ancient practices at HQ (some things seem to be based on processes defined in the 1960s and 70s).

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