Peace Corps Reviews

Updated 20 October 2014
Updated 20 October 2014
401 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 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.  

    The hardest job you'll ever love!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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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  6.  

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

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    • 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
  7.  

    Certainly a life changing experience.

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    • 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
  8.  

    Peace Corps Volunteer wahooooooooooooo

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    • 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

  9.  

    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

  10.  

    Cut Short by Ebola

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    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

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