Peace Corps Reviews

Updated 17 October 2014
Updated 17 October 2014
400 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Leadership experience, learn a new language, experience new cultures (in 32 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.  

    Information Technology Teacher, Volunteer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Peace Corps does a good job of looking after its volunteers. Provides many support systems, including training, safety, and health.

    Cons

    Long duration for volunteer selection. If applying to become a volunteer, be aware that the application process can take a while, for me 9 months from applying to departure.

  2.  

    Worth the pain.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Agroforestry Extension Agent in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Agroforestry Extension Agent in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Unbelievably unique opportunity to gain a global perspective and complete projects from inception to completion. The kind of experience you will carry with you for the rest of your life.

    Cons

    Often very difficult living conditions along the lines of no electricity or running water and extreme weather. You must be on duty 24/7 and witness some harsh injustices.

    Recommends
  3.  

    Certainly a life changing experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Choma, Southern (Zambia)
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Choma, Southern (Zambia)

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

    Pros

    It certainly is an incredible experience that will help you develop as a person while you are out helping others. I recommend joining the Peace Corps to anyone interested in international development, international development, service, and cross-cultural interaction.

    Cross-cultural opportunities
    International Development
    Great support
    Challenging
    Learning Experience
    Personal Development

    Cons

    It can be a bit bureaucratic, which is to be expected for a government agency. It truly is a volunteer position, so do not expect more than the bare minimum to survive.

    Culture Shock
    Living Allowance has not increased in over a decade
    NCE status too short to be effectively utilized

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Hard work and trying times balanced with incredible bonds and hammock time

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sustainable Agriculture Volunteer in Alto Cedro (Panama)
    Former Employee - Sustainable Agriculture Volunteer in Alto Cedro (Panama)

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

    Pros

    You gain incredible life experiences and an insane amount of professional confidence, especially when it comes to leadership, project management, public speaking, teaching, community integration, language, and so much more. Not to mention the health benefits are great.

    Cons

    Challenges: you're in a completely different culture which takes a few months to adapt to, and which will never be 100% yours. Little contact with supervisors. While the health benefits are great, sometimes your country's medical department can be a bit lacking.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Peace Corps Volunteer wahooooooooooooo

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Super fun! And Ethiopian food is delicious.

    Cons

    Sometimes no power or phone network

  7.  

    Life changing

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Works that is meaningful for you

    Cons

    Tough living conditions at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work

  8.  

    Appreciation comes with perspective.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Volunteer in Yerevan (Armenia)
    Former Employee - Business Volunteer in Yerevan (Armenia)

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

    Pros

    You get to do amazing things with full autonomy right out of college.
    You meet people who are incredibly interested in you and your background.
    You get to learn about another culture and what it has to offer.

    Cons

    The cultural differences are sometimes frustrating and patience only gets you so far.
    Making the difference that some people set out to make is usually a fools errand.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sometimes treat volunteers like college students. Perhaps that's because so many are, but some additional freedom would have been nice.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Toughest job I'll ever love.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - School & Community Resources Volunteer in Pretoria, Gauteng (South Africa)
    Former Employee - School & Community Resources Volunteer in Pretoria, Gauteng (South Africa)

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

    Pros

    Though quite challenging, the rewards you claim from successful projects and goals attained is absolutely amazing. The level of personal development and growth you gain is unmatched from any other work experience. Traveling in country or outside the borders is always a perk.

    Cons

    The application process is long and demanding. At respective sites/villages, volunteers are responsible for their own health and safety, which requires good-judgement and awareness. Compensation is minimal since you are a volunteer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Once in a lifetime experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Agroforestry Extension Agent
    Former Employee - Agroforestry Extension Agent

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

    Pros

    You get to travel to a new country and immerse yourself in a new culture. You get to plan your own projects based on your community's needs plus have one-on-one interaction with people in your community. The Peace Corps staff in country are very supportive plus you have all your fellow volunteers who help you out and whom you can collaborate with.

    Cons

    You will get lonely because it will probably be the first time you have ever been away from your friends and family for a LONG time. However you learn your limits from that so that's good. If you really like a structured work day and such and are not good at planning by yourself it will also be hard for you. Also, many programs are in countries with no running water or electricity so if you're high maintenance that's something to think about too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep funding Peace Corps! :)

    Recommends
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  11.  

    An amazing adventure

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It is a way to see life from a completely new perspective and do something truly worthwhile.

    Cons

    Many people cannot sacrifice so much of themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing, I loved my time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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