Peace Corps

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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014
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4.3 358 reviews

96% Approve of the CEO

Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet

Carrie Hessler-Radelet

(90 ratings)

96% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Leadership experience, learn a new language, experience new cultures(in 31 reviews)

  • You go planning to meet really interesting Host Country Nationals (HCN) and you end up meeting some amazing fellow Americans as well(in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • Admin doesn't quite understand the realities of being a volunteer, but that depends country to country(in 21 reviews)

  • Five-year rule causes too much turn over, you need to be looking for a new job when you walk in the door(in 7 reviews)

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    Toughest job you'll ever love

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAutonomy to explore any projects and careers that you want, learn language and culture, be able to work with local communities and share their culture.

    ConsLots of alone time or time drinking coffee with your neighbors watching dust blow by.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt would be great if training provided more skills in emotional intelligence skills or sessions in the soft skills... I also wish they spoke more about the political decisions of why some countries and sites are chosen.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Excellent fore into the world of international development

    Peace Corps Volunteer (Former Employee) Cotova (Moldova)

    ProsGreat language training, chance to live with great people in another country

    ConsLiving and working in a different culture can be exhausting at times

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Transformative experience.

    Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Former Employee) Lomé, Maritime (Togo)

    ProsWhile everyone's experience differs, mine was very open ended. I was given the chance to live in a town in West Africa, interview people and learn about their needs, and then search for innovative ways to bring people together to meet those needs. It was the most freedom I've ever had in a position, and learning to understand another culture and the perspectives of so many people in it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I left feeling inspired that if I listened closely enough and worked hard enough, I could make a difference in people's lives. Excellent language training and cross-cultural communication training.

    ConsLiving in a town in Africa comes with many challenges. At first, one is frequently sick. As a foreign woman, you have to learn to deal with a lot of unwanted attention. Sometimes people in the community you serve have such different values from your own that it is hard to reconcile. Nevertheless, I loved the experience and would recommend it to anyone.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdditional opportunities for collaboration among volunteers would be helpful. As the beneficiary communities become more sophisticated, access to resources such as more phone minutes or printers and photocopiers become more important.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Toughest Job You Will Ever Love

    Peace Corps Volunteer (Current Employee) Barranquilla, Atlántico (Colombia)

    ProsInternational training and work experience

    ConsWorking in another culture has its stress moments and working with 6-11th graders can be challenging as well.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Life Changing

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsEveryone knows the pros of the Peace Corps. You get to travel to a foreign country for free and live like the locals. The experience is so much more than that, but you have to find out the pros for yourself.

    ConsEveryone has a different Peace Coprps experience. You go in understanding that you don't have a choice over where you serve, you just serve because that is what you want to do.

     

    Great Experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsOnce in a lifetime experience to work in a community that you would not have otherwise had access to. If you are interested in living overseas, PC is a great way to try it without incurring as much risk.

    ConsDefinitely some challenging times living in another culture and being away from any real structure. Teaches you how to manage yourself.

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    Great opportunity to make a difference and learn about the world

    Secondary Education Volunteer (Former Employee) Cyangugu (Rwanda)

    ProsExcellent language training. A good springboard for work in international development. It will change the way you see the world.

    ConsCultural adjustment is difficult. Sometimes you feel you aren't getting enough support, but you make the best of it.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    An incredible opportunity

    Environmental Volunteer (Former Employee) Bratislava (Slovakia)

    ProsExperience different cultures and new challenges. Amazing opportunity to travel and work overseas, learn a new language, and make life-long friendships.

    ConsThe work you do will not necessarily translate into a job when you return home, though you will inevitably get asked about your Peace Corps service in every single job interview.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Life-Altering Journey of Self-Discovery

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsA wonderful experience, volunteering with the Peace Corps was the best job I've ever had. I discovered new things about myself, learned new languages and skills, and made friends for a lifetime. I ended up extending my service for an additional 13 months because I fell in love with my host country and fellow volunteers. There is ample opportunity to take your own unique approach to accomplishing programmatic objectives. However, I would recommend careful consideration of the sacrifices that volunteer life entails to anyone considering serving in the Peace Corps. It truly is the hardest job you will ever love but it is not for everybody.

    ConsThe life of a volunteer can be incredibly physically and emotionally challenging. There are many barriers to success that require an extremely self-motivated personality to overcome.

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove PCMO, for the good of all.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Experience in a developing country

    Peace Corps Volunteer (Current Employee) Accra (Ghana)

    ProsTraining was done very well and I felt some what prepared for the adventure of two years in a village. It was the best decision I ever made, and I would take back all the amazing experiences I had over two years.

    ConsThe experience is what you make of it, so it must be a self starter. Also, it is very difficult to live away from friends and family for two years. Being a Peace Corps Volunteer takes a lot of patience, acceptance, and tenacity.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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