Peace Corps Reviews

Updated 16 April 2015
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Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet
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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. 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. I serve as an advisor to 3 NGO's in my community, as well as serve the community based on their needs.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Community Development Specialist in Yeghegnadzor (Armenia)
    Current Employee - Community Development Specialist in Yeghegnadzor (Armenia)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Hands-on community development work. Immersed into the culture, working in the local language, and building trust within the community. It is the most fundamental grass roots work you could do.

    Cons

    It is a 27 month commitment, with very little pay. Can be frustrating at time, but for me the positives outweigh the negatives.

  3. Great environment with amazing diversity

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regional Recruiter
    Current Employee - Regional Recruiter

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, lots sick leave, vacation, and other government benefits, best part is the ability to telecommute once a week.

    Cons

    Only a 5 year term, lots of turnover since people are always looking for the next job even though they are very satisfied.

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  5. Community Health and HIV Aids Volunteer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Windhoek (Namibia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Windhoek (Namibia)

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Learn more about the world, others, and yourself. Develop a stronger sense of self awareness. See the world thru a different set of eyes.

    Cons

    You cannot prepare yourself for the loneliness. Turn it into a positive and get out into the village and meet some people

    Advice to Management

    Their hears are in the right place. Typical federal bureaucratic delays and issues but people are genuine and care about the success and personal growth of each volulnteer.

  6. Youth Development Volunteer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Peace Corps gives you the opportunity to serve the public internationally. During my time I taught English, baseball, basketball, and Ultimate Frisbee. I also worked daily at an NGO in my city.

    Cons

    Peace Corps is a two year commitment that takes you to the other side of the world. You will be lonely and at times bored.

  7. I had a great experience, but it's really what you make of it. Keep an open mind and stay flexible.

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    Former Employee - Community Health Volunteer in Garoua, North (Cameroon)
    Former Employee - Community Health Volunteer in Garoua, North (Cameroon)

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Expand your experience, see the world, make a difference.

    Cons

    Poor management, difficult to predict what your experience will be like.

    Advice to Management

    Lift the 5 year term limit on country directors. The timeline is too short to effect real change.

  8. Volunteer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    -Gain intercultural experience
    -Learn a foreign language
    -Gain experience teaching
    -Live with host families
    -Travel and explore

    Cons

    -Staff does a terrible job finding legitimate work for volunteers to do
    -Not enough work to do for 2 years
    -Extremely mundane repetitive work, teaching kids all the time and never knowing whether you are making any difference at all
    -It is rare to gain any practical skill whatsoever

    Advice to Management

    -Do a better job placing volunteers in sites with plenty of work to do

  9. A wonderful and short stint.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Great people and wonderful office attitude

    Cons

    I cannot think of any! If you can get a job in the building you will enjoy it.

  10. Toughest job you'll ever love.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Economic Development Consultant in Alajuela (Costa Rica)
    Current Employee - Economic Development Consultant in Alajuela (Costa Rica)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Experience working at grass-roots level of international development, become proficient in new language, intercultural exchange, experience working under minimal supervision, grant-writing experience, experience conducting qualitative and quantitative research analysis.

    Cons

    Because of your limited resources, the success of your projects is rare. Moreover, much of your impact is not immediately measurable, which can be emotionally and professionally dissatisfying.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a better project support to volunteers once they transition to site.

  11. As a peace corps volunteer you really work for yourself and your community.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Hardest job you'll ever love, right?

    Cons

    Representing the long arm of American soft power projection.

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