Peace Corps Reviews

Updated 26 August 2014
Updated 26 August 2014
376 Reviews
4.3
376 Reviews
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Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet
Carrie Hessler-Radelet
95 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.  

    Best experience of my life

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    A unique opportunity to live in another culture, experience a world apart from your own, and face and overcome some of the most challenging situations you will ever face.

    Cons

    The life of a PCV can be lonely. In addition, many volunteers go to Peace Corps with a goal of doing "something" for the host community. My experience was that this was more of a relationship building and personal growth experience than a development experience.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great experience, no regrets.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Offers an opportunity to discover new cultures, philosophies, languages, and people. Work can be slow, frustrating, and hard, but once you find your groove it can be the most rewarding work you've ever done.

    Cons

    Training could have been more focused on work related issues. Head office staff can be unhelpful and sometimes just incompetent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Program managers could offer more support in terms of projects and work contacts. Of course, program managers will vary by country so you will have to wait and see.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Volunteering is a Challening, Life-changing Opportunity

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Volunteer  in  Pretoria, Gauteng (South Africa)
    Current Employee - Volunteer in Pretoria, Gauteng (South Africa)

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    + Hands-on learning opportunity you'd never get in another entry-level job
    + Learn about and make lifelong friends from different cultures
    + See an interesting part of the world
    + Amazing support system
    + Everything is covered - health care, dental, vision, plane tickets, etc.

    Cons

    - Obviously living in a developing community is very challenging, isolating, and stressful
    - Sometimes Peace Corps doesn't do the best job matching volunteers with assignments, but it looks like they're trying to fix that with the new application system.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    It is what you make it.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Pros

    You can now choose where you go.

    Cons

    You might just be a political pawn somewhere..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good fit for those who are committed

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    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer  in  Baku (Azerbaijan)
    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Baku (Azerbaijan)

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good opportunities for those who are ambitious with implementing projects.

    Cons

    Can be disheartening to fail a lot of times before succeeding

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to cultivate best practices amongst PCVs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Travel. Live. Learn. Grow.

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    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer  in  Santa Rosa Mission (Guyana)
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Santa Rosa Mission (Guyana)

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

    Pros

    Live and learn from a group of people who don't think like you, don't act like you, challenge you in ways you never thought possible. Great chance to live in a new country and really learn about the culture and not be a tourist.

    Cons

    You're never really have a "home." You're an outsider there trying to get in and when you finally start to feel like one of the locals, you're on your way transitioning out. Can be very isolated and lonely.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Send people in pairs!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great life/cultural exchange experience, and definite skills building

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

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

    Pros

    Learn about another culture and self through this experience. Learn how to be super resourceful, and building strong relationships/community. Needs are provided for- good benefits. Non-competitive eligibility when service is completed, and re-adjustment reward.

    Cons

    Sometimes to find support. Little choice in location and site work. Not as many trainings as would have liked.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A powerful forum for cross-cultural exchange

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    A great way to gain regional expertise. One of the best ways to learn a useful foreign language. Good way to build a strong network of peers interested in international development, international affairs. Generally the institution attracts an open-minded, solid, a fun bunch! A wonderful way to give yourself a uniquely challenging work experiences. Forces you to grow in unexpected ways

    Cons

    Security issues, especially for women. You may get sent to a very unpleasant place. Expect extreme cultural shock depending on your country of choice.

  10.  

    Volunteer

    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer  in  Lusaka, Lusaka (Zambia)
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Lusaka, Lusaka (Zambia)

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

    Pros

    The experience is incredibly valuable. Don't expect to change the world or your village at that. But concentrate on the few really willing and open to learning. The experience depends solely on what you do to make it great. Or not.

    Cons

    Staff were helpful most of the time. but there are some fundamental issues of transparency and efficiency assuming mostly due to the bureaucracy of the whole organization.

  11.  

    Experience was amazing

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    Former Employee - Girl's Education Extension Agenit  in  Kouvé (Togo)
    Former Employee - Girl's Education Extension Agenit in Kouvé (Togo)

    I worked at Peace Corps for more than a year

    Pros

    Getting to experience first-hand different cultures, gaining life experience, and really valuable soft skills. Living by your self in a host community is an amazing opportunity that most people never get to experience.

    Cons

    Sometimes it can feel lonely and like there is a lack of guidance, but it is also a great opportunity to learn to deal with ambiguity and be more flexible.

    Recommends

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