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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated 19 November 2014
Updated 19 November 2014
413 Reviews
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413 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 33 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.  

    great experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    I am a volunteer who had a remarkably good experience with Peace Corps- good site placement, no issues with admin, lots of professional and personal development opportunities.

    Cons

    however, I know that not everyone is as lucky as I was - including volunteers in my program. If I had had serious issues, I was not 100% confident the admin staff would have had sufficient competency to handle it.

    Recommends
  2.  

    Worthwhile, and certainly unforgettable

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    Former Employee - Health Volunteer
    Former Employee - Health Volunteer

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

    Pros

    It is what you make of it; lots of freedom and encouragement from PC supervisors, though this depends on the country of placement. You have substantial freedom, and work directly with community members and members of NGO's, PC, etc. alike, in managing projects and developing the health projects (as needed) in your site. It was a wonderful experience and (can) enhance your confidence, creativity, and ability to create sustainable projects with limited resources. Amazing that an organization will support you financially to live amongst a foreign culture for two years.

    Cons

    (As with Pros, Cons are very dependent on the country of placement) Lack of communication (and ergo efficiency) between PC supervisors, and often between supervisors and volunteers. PC offices (in-country) can be under-staffed and this makes it difficult for employees to stay up-to-date regarding volunteer's needs (even if they do care about volunteer happiness, etc.). Inefficient language training as well. There is of course lots of bureaucracy involved in working for the government. Many volunteers struggle with the seclusion, but this is a personal obstacle, and one that's worth overcoming for the chance to integrate with a new culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take advice from volunteers seriously regarding site preparation and training

    Recommends
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  3.  

    A challenging, but rewarding experience

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    Former Employee - Education Volunteer in Freetown (Sierra Leone)
    Former Employee - Education Volunteer in Freetown (Sierra Leone)

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

    Pros

    A chance to work very independently. Your experience is truly what you make of it.

    Cons

    You will be working in a bureaucracy, both in the PC office in country and PC HQ in DC, so be prepared for slow and sometimes unresponsive communications.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use on the ground experience to shape local PC policies, rather than surrounding countries and DC.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    The hardest job you'll ever love!

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    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Johannesburg (South Africa)
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Johannesburg (South Africa)

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

    Pros

    The primary advantage of being a Peace Corps volunteer over other entry-level overseas positions is the significant infrastructural support you receive, that is, medical care, language training, technical training in your sector, etc. There is almost infinite space for you to realize sustainable development, the primary limitation being you, your willingness to fill in your knowledge gaps, to collaborate with others, to do what it takes to get the job done.

    Cons

    The greatest challenge was overcoming isolation, which I largely did through finding satisfaction with my work and creating a life in the place I lived.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage volunteers to be their own advocates!

    Recommends
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  6.  

    Great Place If You Don't Know What You're doing

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    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Nonthaburi (Thailand)
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Nonthaburi (Thailand)

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

    Pros

    Great Experience. You get a taste of what it's like to live abroad. It's definitely worth it insofar as expanding your horizons is concerned

    Cons

    Can be seen as a waste of time. Staff may not be supportive.

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  7.  

    Cut Short by Ebola

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    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Freetown (Sierra Leone)
    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Freetown (Sierra Leone)

    I have been working at Peace Corps as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Wonderful people to live and work with. Similar backgrounds and experiences all led us to pick Peace Corps. Most of the staff were former volunteers, so they knew what situation we were in.

    Cons

    As with all government agencies, there's a hefty amount of bureaucracy. I was in Sierra Leone, and it didn't seem as if everyone was quite sure what was happening. This is completely understandable, though, because of Ebola. That is what ultimately cut our experience short.

    Recommends
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  8.  

    Peace Corps Volunteer

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    Former Employee - Business Advisor in San Agustín, Copán (Honduras)
    Former Employee - Business Advisor in San Agustín, Copán (Honduras)

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

    Pros

    Great experience to experience life in an underserved community. Great opportunity to have a positive impact. Great relationships are built and you get to see how well you handle being outside your comfort zone.

    Cons

    It gets lonely at times. It is a grassroots effort, so finding a sustainable solution for problems may be difficult. It takes time to really understand the problems people face and by then you realize your service is over

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find collaboration possibilities: USAID, other NGO's, etc. to work on projects together (they bring resources, volunteers bring manpower).

    Recommends
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  9.  

    Once in a life-time opportunities but inefficient bureaucracy.

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    Former Employee - Education Specialist in Mbabane (Swaziland)
    Former Employee - Education Specialist in Mbabane (Swaziland)

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

    Pros

    Integrate into a community across the globe. Build life-long relationships. Change the lives of your neighbors and friends while building life-long relationships and building capacity to solve persistent challenges.

    Cons

    Inefficient bureaucracy often gets in the way of progress on projects. Overly focused on volunteer retention verses quality of work-product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold volunteers more accountable to meeting objectives and press them to engage and overcome challenges rather than find excuses.

    Recommends
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  10.  

    Great experience with a lot of learning and continuous change

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    Former Employee - Financial Specialist in Rabat (Morocco)
    Former Employee - Financial Specialist in Rabat (Morocco)

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Peace Corps has a lot to offer in terms of personal development. It is a great organization to work for non-profit in terms of different tasks and activities.

    Cons

    Rotating management can sometimes be exhausting. Also, training opportunities are limited in terms of software training, certificates like project management and continuing education.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in training of local employees at host countries and open job rotation overseas for them whenever possible. They have a lot to offer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  11.  

    Great life-work balance and experience for furthering career or earning MA degree

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    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer

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

    Pros

    Minimal oversight. Very good for people who are outgoing and self-motivated. Great work-life balance. Compensation is low, obviously, but no problem getting by on allowance.

    Cons

    Pre-Service Training could be better, but is pretty useful in terms of cultural and linguistic training.

    Recommends
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