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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated 25 February 2015
Updated 25 February 2015
202 Reviews
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202 Reviews
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Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • You get to learn a new language and understand a different culture the way many will never get the opportunity to (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 23 reviews)

  • Peace Corps has a "five-year rule" which limits employment and reduces institutional memory (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    I was a Peace Corps Volunteer.

    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Managua (Nicaragua)
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Managua (Nicaragua)

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Great experience, very receptive staff to Volunteers needs.

    Cons

    Sometimes not great medical care. Also very top-down, despite what people say.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More independence to country offices.

  2.  

    Tough but worth it...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Peace Corps is a once in a lifetime opportunity, being able to fully immerse yourself into a new culture and walk away with valuable job skills.

    Cons

    No money, horrible student loan forgiveness!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    The Peace Corps is a phenomenal opportunity to live and work amidst foreign culture; it is a poor professional asset.

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    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Tirana (Albania)
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Tirana (Albania)

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

    Pros

    The best thing about the Peace Corps is the language training (with consistent effort, you WILL become fluent in the host country language), the opportunity to live and work in a foreign culture, and honor or representing the US through international service.

    Cons

    The Peace Corps is a poor way for young professionals to develop skills with transferable utility, or to increase their competitiveness in the domestic job market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider volunteer input more when determining site placements.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Working for Peace Corps Mozambique

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    -Fantastic experience
    -In country staff truly cares about volunteers and does their best to ensure they are safe and happy.

    Cons

    -Could improve health care services: though I was not sick often and did not have many problems, I heard of other people getting sick and the health care staff underestimating their illness and symptoms.

  6.  

    Four Year Peace Corps Volunteer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Great fellowship opportunities for grad school after service (best monetary advantage for doing Peace Corps)
    - Noncompetitive eligibility for government jobs, especially in DC
    - Great life experience that makes you stand out when applying to jobs or grad school (you have to sell it right though)

    Cons

    - Not really getting paid which can be a great disadvantage when you are young
    - Opportunity cost of two years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more control to what volunteers want to do along with primary assignment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great experience learning skills that transfer to a ton of other situations.

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    Former Employee - Teacher Trainer in Nazrēt (Ethiopia)
    Former Employee - Teacher Trainer in Nazrēt (Ethiopia)

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    You get lots of hands on experience, get to make amazing connections, travel, learn about so much as it pertains to the world and work and yourself. you have a great support staff and wonderful coworkers. And again, experiencing amazing other cultures.

    Cons

    Paperwork, and government regulations. And depending on where you are placed issues with the local culture.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Volunteer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Great opportunity to expand knowledge and skills

    Cons

    Remote locations, lack of amenities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Public Health Educator

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    Former Employee - Public Health Educator in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Public Health Educator in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    Challenge your world view, meet wonderful people.

    Cons

    Food, weather, transportation, isolation, cultural differences

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Peace Corps is an incredibly welcoming and friendly work environment.

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    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The people are incredibly. Many are Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and are bringing in an array of cultural perspectives, which creates a dynamic and globally oriented work environment.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy. You would find this at any government agency, but sometimes it is difficult to change things or get things done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the young people. They may not have as much experience, but they have great ideas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Overall, great place to work!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    great Mission, adventurous people, relative lack of bureaucracy compared to other federal agencies, always new groups of pcvs keep things moving

    Cons

    Loss of institutional memory because of the so called five year rule. Too risk averse, though that may be changing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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