Peace Corps Reviews

Updated 14 August 2014
Updated 14 August 2014
400 Reviews
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400 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.  

    Great goals, poor implementation

    Former Employee - Volunteer in Riobamba (Ecuador)
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Riobamba (Ecuador)

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    Great to trail and learn about other cutlures

    Cons

    In-country star does not know what is happening, and is very unhelpful. You are dropped off somewhere with no resources or way to get anything done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get better training on how to manage millenials

    Doesn't Recommend
  2.  

    Utterly Lacking in Substance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Country Desk Intern in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Country Desk Intern in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at Peace Corps as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    It paid $10/hour as a work-study job.

    Cons

    I gained no substantive experience whatsoever, and nobody had an interest in my development. All anyone wanted me for was gruntwork, and I was the most underutilized person in the office. I spent months asking for something real to do. They simply could never come up with anything. Their internship program is ill-managed, and led to wasted time for both parties. Also, I didn't know it at the time, but working for the Peace Corps disqualifies you from working for an intelligence agency for 4 years. This has now precluded me from interning with the CIA or DIA, and I was never made aware of this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get it together.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Terrible experience after I was severely injured....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - CBOD in Bangkok (Thailand)
    Former Employee - CBOD in Bangkok (Thailand)

    I worked at Peace Corps part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Volunteers are GREAT people to have known

    Cons

    My program was disorganized: there were too many people sent and not enough for everyone to do. Many people ended up teaching english instead of what they were assigned to do. I was treated terribly after a medical emergency sent me back to the USA. I tried to re-apply again but was laughed at as they 'pitied' what had happened previously.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Open Peace Corps Response to public and cancel 27-month aimless volunteer stints

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer

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

    Pros

    Great cultural & language immersion

    Cons

    Medical staff does not care about you; Peace Corps is solely concerned with their own reputation and image; Staff does not support volunteers; Medical issues back in the states are a much bigger issue -- Staff in DC is not timely and they make it really difficult to get reimbursed or even get in to see a specialist

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Assign jobs before volunteers are deployed (NOT once they are in-country); Hire better & knowledgable medical staff; Cancel Peace Corps and open Response type work to the public

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Disorganization - Completely lost its way

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Other Volunteers are committed. The integration process of placement with host families was excellent.

    Cons

    Highest percentage of political appointees of ANY agency in Washington DC.
    A female volunteer is more likely to be sexually assaulted while in service than a US soldier was to be killed or wounded in Iraq.
    35% early termination rate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire real managers with NGO experience. Stop appointing friends with no meaningful international exposure/experience. Re-evaluate the bottom-up approach - it's outdated and ineffective.

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