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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated 25 February 2015
Updated 25 February 2015
198 Reviews
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198 Reviews
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Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet
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198 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You get to learn a new language and understand a different culture the way many will never get the opportunity to (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 23 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Diverse and fun agency

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Pros

    diverse and fun atmosphere to work at

    Cons

    can only work there 3-5 years

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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

  3.  

    excellent people and great place to make a difference as a full time employee in the agency

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regional Recruiter in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Regional Recruiter in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great relationships with talented people who care, fun at work, light-hearted environment, and fair compensation.

    Cons

    Some level of fed gov bureaucracy can't be totally eliminated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    it would be great to have paid maternity leave

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    I worked as a TEFL volunteer teaching high school students a rural madrasa.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Surabaya, East Java (Indonesia)
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Surabaya, East Java (Indonesia)

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

    Pros

    Fulfilling work, unique cultural experience, character building, excellent travel opportunities, lifelong friends

    Cons

    Country programs aren't of equal quality, some volunteers' motives are less than professional, living in less-developed conditions aren't ideal for everyone

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Prioritize program quality over program size. Too often, misguided State Department objectives lead programs to change too quickly, compromising both vounteers' and managers' abilities to effectively serve host country communities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Great People to Work with - highly educated, well-traveled and interesting

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Smart, effective team members. Multi-cultural atmosphere.

    Cons

    Turn-over can be high and managers taking the best staff from other teams can be a challenge.

  7.  

    Peace Corps - Truly The Hardest Job You'll Ever LOVE

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - NGO Capacity Builder in Gaborone (Botswana)
    Former Contractor - NGO Capacity Builder in Gaborone (Botswana)

    I worked at Peace Corps as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Being a Peace Corps Volunteer is one of the most challenging, yet most rewarding, things you can do. You are pushed outside your comfort zone and given opportunities few dream of. If you are willing to rise to the challenge (over and over again), then the experience is something like no other. Truly a life journey (and a development worker's dream come true)!

    Cons

    The role is very unstructured. If you aren't a go-getter and self-starter then you may have significant difficulties as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My post (Botswana) was extremely well organized and well run. I am proud to have been a part of that team.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Peace Corps is a challenge. Do you accept?

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Peace Corps Volunteer in Kiev (Ukraine)
    Former Contractor - Peace Corps Volunteer in Kiev (Ukraine)

    I worked at Peace Corps as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    The US Peace Corps is an outstanding governmental organization working to improve the lives of others and share our American values with our partners around the world. I had the amazing opportunity to volunteer for three months in Ukraine and I couldn't be happier with my experience. I was totally immersed in Ukrainian village life and received exceptional cross-cultural awareness and language training. I connected on a very personal level with my adoptive Ukrainian family at site and with my Peace Corps family worldwide.

    Cons

    This job is not an easy won. You have to accept that some decisions are not in your control and that you are bound to the bureaucracy that is the Peace Corps. You must respect the chain of command and be on duty 24 hours a day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo West Africa

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Incredible experience. Experience of a lifetime

    Cons

    Not much, they did a great job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    The best life experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Small Business Advisor in Léo (Burkina Faso)
    Former Employee - Small Business Advisor in Léo (Burkina Faso)

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

    Pros

    Learned a new language
    Met many new friends from a new culture
    Had a chance to start business with local counterparts

    Cons

    Lack of toilets
    Emotional roller coaster (could be a pro)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Wonderful organization making a positive impact in developing countries.

    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    -skills training
    -language skills development
    -technical suppoet
    -excellent medical coverage
    -opportunities to travel

    Cons

    -long application process
    -small stipend
    -can be challenging to work in site where placed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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