Peace Corps Reviews

Updated 28 October 2014
Updated 28 October 2014
407 Reviews
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407 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Leadership experience, learn a new language, experience new cultures (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 22 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Best experience of my life

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    Former Employee - Youth Volunteer
    Former Employee - Youth Volunteer

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

    Pros

    Learning another language
    Expanding global awareness
    Good staff support

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic
    Significant amount of paperwork

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great experience, but based a lot on what you make of it.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Autonomy, great opportunities, new people, crazy situations, discovery, once in a lifetime, learning.

    Cons

    Little structure, hard living situations.

  3.  

    Chance to see the world and see what you knew differently.

    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Komsomolsk (Ukraine)
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Komsomolsk (Ukraine)

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

    Pros

    If you are a proactive person, you can learn a lot of things and get a lot of things done-- sometimes what you do also depends on your community.

    Cons

    Takes awhile to be admitted-- the average person takes 1 year to go through the application process. It can be isolating the first year, but if you stick it out and really work at the local language, the second year will be phenomenal.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Good fit for those who are committed

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    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Baku (Azerbaijan)
    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Baku (Azerbaijan)

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities for those who are ambitious with implementing projects.

    Cons

    Can be disheartening to fail a lot of times before succeeding

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to cultivate best practices amongst PCVs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great life changing experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Great experience, had a lot of fun

    Cons

    In country staff was not very good

  7.  

    Travel. Live. Learn. Grow.

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    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Santa Rosa Mission (Guyana)
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Santa Rosa Mission (Guyana)

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

    Pros

    Live and learn from a group of people who don't think like you, don't act like you, challenge you in ways you never thought possible. Great chance to live in a new country and really learn about the culture and not be a tourist.

    Cons

    You're never really have a "home." You're an outsider there trying to get in and when you finally start to feel like one of the locals, you're on your way transitioning out. Can be very isolated and lonely.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Send people in pairs!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good for entry level, not as a focused career step.

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    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Panamá (Panama)
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Panamá (Panama)

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

    Pros

    Great way to get started in international development immediately out of college, or stay involved after retiring. The specifics of your job will be left up to chance and your own initiative, so this can be a good thing if you are lucky and find a way to shine.

    Cons

    Stipend barely covered living expense, let alone work expenses. Weak organizational structure results limited opportunities to demonstrate skills important to other international development organizations, such as monitoring & evaluation.

    Recommends
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    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great life/cultural exchange experience, and definite skills building

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    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer

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

    Pros

    Learn about another culture and self through this experience. Learn how to be super resourceful, and building strong relationships/community. Needs are provided for- good benefits. Non-competitive eligibility when service is completed, and re-adjustment reward.

    Cons

    Sometimes to find support. Little choice in location and site work. Not as many trainings as would have liked.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Not just an idealistic decision, but also a practical career choice

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Volunteer in La Romana (Dominican Republic)
    Former Employee - Volunteer in La Romana (Dominican Republic)

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

    Pros

    There are certain things that you can only learn from having the real-world experience, and Peace Corps is a very unique way of having the chance for this type of learning. The experience can vary by country, but I found the staff to be very supportive and the trainings were good at the beginning. Also, they have just recently made some changes to the application and project assignment process that look promising, so check that out. Lastly, if you're interested in a career in development, this is a great jumping off point.

    Cons

    A lot of the experience depends on the specific project you are assigned to, and not all of them are great. You do have some say in the type of project you want to be part of once you're in-country though. A whole lot of it depends on what you make of it and there is significant autonomy. Some people are ready for that and some aren't, but it can really satisfying and interesting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is some tension between the goals of the PC, basically between the cross-cultural goals and achieving actual development outcomes. I think PC can set higher expectations about the development outcomes. The cross-cultural piece is important, but it is not sufficient to give volunteers the impression that just doing that alone is enough.

    Recommends
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  11.  

    A powerful forum for cross-cultural exchange

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    A great way to gain regional expertise. One of the best ways to learn a useful foreign language. Good way to build a strong network of peers interested in international development, international affairs. Generally the institution attracts an open-minded, solid, a fun bunch! A wonderful way to give yourself a uniquely challenging work experiences. Forces you to grow in unexpected ways

    Cons

    Security issues, especially for women. You may get sent to a very unpleasant place. Expect extreme cultural shock depending on your country of choice.

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