Peace Corps Reviews

Updated 22 April 2015
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  1. Amazing Opportunity!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    See amazing things and meet wonderful people.
    Live a lifestyle you might never have lived otherwise.
    Supportive in-country staff.

    Cons

    Lack of modern conveniences (plumbing, electricity, etc.)
    Being faced with challenging situations every day.

    Advice to Management

    Peace Corps is a great program and the cons or challenges, are often what lead to the benefits.

  2. Would continue working here forever if there was no term limit and more room for upward mobility within the organization

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Regional Recruiter
    Former Employee - Regional Recruiter

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

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

    Pros

    It is a federal position so the benefits are great. Each office has a different culture but overall big hearted management and collective mission

    Cons

    There is or was a 5 year term limit which means people need to start searching for a new position around 3.5-4 years and often leave before the 5 years.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the innovative approach and positive culture.

  3. Challenging and Rewarding

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer

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

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

    Pros

    Undoubtedly a job with limitless personal rewards. Not only do you get to make a difference in the lives of your local partners and neighbors, but you are forever affected and improved by their influence on your own life. The relationships formed during your 2 year term will last a lifetime.

    Cons

    Volunteers must withstand constant health problems and emotional upheaval. It is not a job for the faint of heart.

    Advice to Management

    The organization remains fairly weak in terms of ensuring volunteer accountability. Many volunteers leave the program early, to the great disappointment of their communities, having clearly expressed a low level of commitment from the beginning. More thorough screening should be required.

    Personal security and health care for volunteers also needs to be improved.

    Volunteers need more financial resources for many of the programs they would like to implement in their communities. The Peace Corps needs to work on funding issues as well.

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  5. You will get more out of it than you give - and that's OK.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Manila, Manila (Philippines)
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Manila, Manila (Philippines)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Amazing local partners and community support. Peace Corps trainers do their best to get you prepared in the short 3 month training program.

    Cons

    Peace Corps doesn't always match people appropriately with their skills. I taught English and science even though my background is in finance. There is also a great deal of red tape and bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    I understand that the organization is often working with a small budget and within the constraints of the government, but it often feels more like a corporation than an organization meant to do good in the world.

  6. An Excellent Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC (US)

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

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

    Pros

    -The unbeatable PC mission
    -Great work/life balance
    -Phenomenal coworkers!
    -Shared sense of purpose
    -Diverse people and perspectives
    -Strong cadre of managers, many of whom are willing to mentor and promote their staff
    -Lots of interesting speakers and events that foster collaboration across offices, USG, NGOs, and RPCV community
    -Free yoga, pilates, and zumba sessions
    -Bake-offs and potlucks galore
    -To varying degrees, managers give the space and trust necessary for creative and innovative problem solving
    -A warm and friendly atmosphere
    -Agency-wide propensity to promote from within- so once in, there is great potential for advancement
    -Visionary and inspiring leadership from Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet

    Cons

    -IT challenges, and disconnect between some systems
    -Aversion to open source platforms
    -Some roles and projects seem far removed from the basic tenant of supporting PCVs
    -Under-performers are not always held accountable
    -Sometimes work conducted without sufficient sense of urgency or purpose

    Advice to Management

    Continue to promote and support innovative thinking and problem solving. Continue giving non-managers the leeway to develop and carry out projects. Take input from everyone (as you already do), but then assertively choose the path forward.

  7. A great place to work, with opportunities to grow, advance, learn about other cultures, and develop valuable skills.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Country Desk Assistant in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Country Desk Assistant in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    -Great first job - lots of opportunity to take initiative, develop skills, and grow professionally
    -Learned a ton about international development, cultural sensitivity, continued to develop foreign language skills
    -It is unlike any other federal organization; it has an easygoing vibe, a focus on staying fresh and relevant, and feels more like a nonprofit than a government job

    Cons

    -The 5 year rule is good and bad; it's hard when your 5 years are up, but I do believe it has a big role in keeping the organizational culture so fresh
    -If you aren't a returned PC volunteer, it can be challenging to advance; most people are RPCVs, so those who aren't can sometimes feel like outsiders

  8. Diverse and fun agency

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at Peace Corps

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

    Pros

    diverse and fun atmosphere to work at

    Cons

    can only work there 3-5 years

  9. AMAZING EXPERIENCE AS A VOLUNTEER WITH CHALLENGES WORKING FOR PEACE CORPS

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer
    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer

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

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

    Pros

    Making an impact in the community where you serve, gain good international development experience, amazing network of volunteers, learn a new language.

    Cons

    Not a lot of support, had to see the impact you make, lack of innovation, need to suck-up and show off to get noticed.

    Advice to Management

    Increase innovation and volunteer support. Focus on what projects work and encourage volunteers to do them. Help volunteers be the best they can be and get rid of the volunteers not doing their job.

  10. I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    -Opportunity to impact locals' lives
    -Meet other like-minded volunteers
    -Freedom to travel

    Cons

    -Sometimes frustrating in difficult in making "real change"
    -Psychological toll of living alone, away from peers and colleagues

  11. 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 Management

    More independence to country offices.

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