Peace Corps Reviews

Updated 28 August 2015
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  1. Good for experience, but not what you'd think...

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Lanzhou, Gansu (China)
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Lanzhou, Gansu (China)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's a great way to see a unique part of the world with medical and political support. PC does not want you to die, and that's good! You will learn and grow, and the experience It looks good on your resume. No matter what you (fail) to accomplish, others will respect the fact that you served in the Peace Corps. If you have it within you to be independent and creative, this "job" will hone the skills you didn't know you were capable of. You will learn patience.

    Cons

    It is very likely that you will NOT make a difference. Be prepared to spend a lot of time wondering why you bothered, getting tied up in bureaucratic red tape, and trying to entertain yourself. Other cultures and societies can be surprisingly resistant to change, even for their own benefit, and your PC admin is more concerned about following the rules than anything else.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be mean to your volunteers. Most of them are young, idealistic, and frustrated when reality starts to set it. Cut them some slack and take your frustrations out on someone else.


  2. Community Health Worker

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chinandega (Nicaragua)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chinandega (Nicaragua)

    Pros

    I thought it was definitely awesome

    Cons

    I also thought it was definitely tough.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe mandatory living allowance survey?


  3. If you can rough it, you should do this.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Navrongo (Ghana)
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Navrongo (Ghana)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    This is an opportunity to make a difference in a community that you never would have visited nor lived in otherwise. If you're a teacher, your students will remember you and the impact you had for years, and after you leave they will call you at all hours of the night (thanks time difference) and let you know they miss you. You can travel, you can request grants to do any number of projects, you learn how to live like a local in your host country and it can be an amazing, eye-opening, life-changing experience. It was for me, anyway. You make friends not only with host country nationals but with all your fellow PCVs. When you come out, your constitution will be made of iron from all the pathogen exposure (this ends up being a good thing!)

    Cons

    Life in Peace Corps is tough. You may not have electricity, running water, or (God forbid!) internet. You get paid enough to live on, and that's it. You might get sick a few times. You should know that going in, and embrace it. The organization is up front about these things.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being awesome in all areas (Except the matter of sexual assault. This is where you need to improve.)


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  5. Great mission, not always visible results

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Advisor in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Business Advisor in Washington, DC (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People in the field are very passionate about the mission of the organization which is great motivation and a positive work environment. There are some shifts in the culture and initiatives in the organization that are steps in the right direction.

    Cons

    It is very hard to see the impacts of your work a lot of the time and while there are many idealistic people, this does not always translate into feeling validation or like your work is making a difference.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to improve transparency both vertically and horizontally between the Washington, DC HQ and the various posts throughout the world.


  6. Volunteer is 1/2 what you make it and 1/2 luck of your placement

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great international development experience Good health coverage You get paid to be there (even if it's not much, most organizations ask you to pay in the thousands to volunteer for them)

    Cons

    Training was mediocre and really didn't prepare me to be a business development volunteer - I had to learn a lot on my own. The central office is somewhat supportive but I expected to be able to count on them more. Health coverage when you return from being a volunteer is not very good. You can end up in a town where there is not much to do or where are a lot of projects and that is not completely up to the volunteer - it can be a matter of luck.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Volunteer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Kingston (Jamaica)
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Kingston (Jamaica)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Travel, meet new people, learn a new language

    Cons

    Peace Corps staff wants you to be subservient. You cannot challenge or disagree with anything a member of stuff says or does, or you will probably be sent home.

    Advice to Management

    Be open to constructive criticism. Don't expect all volunteers to be sheep.


  8. YD Volunteer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing learning experience both personally and professionally. Intercultural communication.

    Cons

    Having to leave and come home.


  9. Helpful (2)

    At Risk Youth Advisor

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

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Support from my APCD was amazing

    Cons

    Life is tough and Peace Corps teaches you that. No cons for the organization. Except for the homophobia in country by the host country nationals.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Peace Corps Volunteer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility, Can choose your work and schedule, Learn new language and culture, employment opportunities and chances to pay off student loans

    Cons

    Can be very diplomatic, the process to get things done can be very long, sometimes you have little input to what you get to do

    Advice to Management

    Work closer with volunteers to understand how to serve them to carry out their projects. Offer more advice on how to accomplish projects and allow colabortation


  11. Grassroots development experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great opportunity to engage in grassroots development, intercultural experience, and professional development.

    Cons

    Management of volunteers varies country to country.



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