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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated 22 April 2015
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  1. Volunteer in Ghana

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

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

    Pros

    Wonderful experience, although results will vary amongst people. Must have an open mind. Program is not perfect but gives you the basic, necessary tools to survive. Great medical care.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is a little slow. Very difficult in getting pay raises, especially when there was rampant inflation; however this wasn't necessarily their fault because they answer to the Washington D.C. office. Staff lack experience in responding to major crises.

    Advice to Management

    Management is doing a great job. Sean was a standup guy who had a very open mind which was motivational to many of my colleagues. I hope that is the current trajectory for Peace Corps Ghana.

  2. Great environment with amazing diversity

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    Current Employee - Regional Recruiter
    Current Employee - Regional Recruiter

    I have been working at Peace Corps

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, lots sick leave, vacation, and other government benefits, best part is the ability to telecommute once a week.

    Cons

    Only a 5 year term, lots of turnover since people are always looking for the next job even though they are very satisfied.

  3. I serve as an advisor to 3 NGO's in my community, as well as serve the community based on their needs.

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    Current Employee - Community Development Specialist in Yeghegnadzor (Armenia)
    Current Employee - Community Development Specialist in Yeghegnadzor (Armenia)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Hands-on community development work. Immersed into the culture, working in the local language, and building trust within the community. It is the most fundamental grass roots work you could do.

    Cons

    It is a 27 month commitment, with very little pay. Can be frustrating at time, but for me the positives outweigh the negatives.

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  5. Community Health and HIV Aids Volunteer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Windhoek (Namibia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Windhoek (Namibia)

    I worked at Peace Corps

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

    Pros

    Learn more about the world, others, and yourself. Develop a stronger sense of self awareness. See the world thru a different set of eyes.

    Cons

    You cannot prepare yourself for the loneliness. Turn it into a positive and get out into the village and meet some people

    Advice to Management

    Their hears are in the right place. Typical federal bureaucratic delays and issues but people are genuine and care about the success and personal growth of each volulnteer.

  6. Youth Development Volunteer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

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

    Pros

    Peace Corps gives you the opportunity to serve the public internationally. During my time I taught English, baseball, basketball, and Ultimate Frisbee. I also worked daily at an NGO in my city.

    Cons

    Peace Corps is a two year commitment that takes you to the other side of the world. You will be lonely and at times bored.

  7. I had a great experience, but it's really what you make of it. Keep an open mind and stay flexible.

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    Former Employee - Community Health Volunteer in Garoua, North (Cameroon)
    Former Employee - Community Health Volunteer in Garoua, North (Cameroon)

    I worked at Peace Corps

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

    Pros

    Expand your experience, see the world, make a difference.

    Cons

    Poor management, difficult to predict what your experience will be like.

    Advice to Management

    Lift the 5 year term limit on country directors. The timeline is too short to effect real change.

  8. As a peace corps volunteer you really work for yourself and your community.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Hardest job you'll ever love, right?

    Cons

    Representing the long arm of American soft power projection.

  9. Rural Education Volunteer in Zambia

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps

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

    Pros

    You gain very hands on practical experience. I've collected more knowledge during my two years working as a Peace Corps Volunteer than I did during my 4 years of college by far. The staff are extremely supportive and you meet and work with a very wide variety of colleagues.

    Cons

    Becoming a Peace Corps volunteer is not for the unsure of weak-of-heart. It's a serious commitment. You can of course leave at any time but it's best to be sure that it's exactly what you want before coming.

    Some volunteers are placed in towns that have electricity and running water available. In Zambia you will be placed in an extremely rural setting. Grass roof huts, no electricity, no running water, agricultural livestock timing free, and other living conditions that are sometimes difficult to adapt to for certain people.

    Just make sure it's what you want before you apply.

    Advice to Management

    Peace Corps is a very well liked organization in Zambia. They do great work with PEPFAR practices, gender equality, education, Malaria work, cultural exchange and working as liaisons for other organizations and country nationals.

  10. Peace Corps Regional Recruiter

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    Current Employee - Regional Recruiter in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Regional Recruiter in San Francisco, CA (US)

    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

    like-minded, small, close-knit staff. Lots of flexibility in planning our campaigns and the outreach activities we conduct; job security, although you are working within a 5-year term limit

    Cons

    Government bureaucracy, although this isn't bad in a small agency like ours.

  11. Woth the experience

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    Former Employee - Volunteer in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at Peace Corps

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

    Pros

    Adventure, expansion of cultural horizons, experiences you'll never forget...and great job experience. Leadership experience like no other. Forever changes your life. Plus free health care and living expenses.

    Cons

    No pay; readjustment allowance of $275/month you get when you get home. Hardships include doing without many modern conveniences, health risks.

    Advice to Management

    There's absolutely no attempt to track the efficacy of previous work in each country, despite the constant litanies about monitoring and evaluation. Tremendous bureaucracy.

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