Peace Corps

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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated 18 December 2014
Updated 18 December 2014
425 Reviews
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425 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 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.  

    Wonderful Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Health Volunteer in Soweto (South Africa)
    Former Employee - Health Volunteer in Soweto (South Africa)

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Life changing work and life experience
    Opened doors for future growth

    Cons

    Long hours
    Local agency support is often hit or miss

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to develop training and development programs to meet volunteer challenges

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    One of the best experiences of my life and career

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

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Pros

    - The experience of working with a community to develop the skills, projects and initiatives that are important to them
    - Incredible autonomy to initiate and facilitate secondary projects within the community
    - Opportunity to integrate into a different culture
    - Flexibility and autonomy allow for development of great leadership skills that can be put to use in any job or career opportunity

    Cons

    - Reintegration can be difficult after Peace Corps service
    - Not a ton of support for volunteers to work together on projects across regions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Support collaborative volunteer projects
    - Additional services to help volunteers reintegrate post service

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Excellent people comfortable with a lot of independence

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Pros

    independence, variety, great language skills opportunities. Travelling obviously.

    Cons

    country by country, experiences can vary greatly

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  5.  

    Peace Corps Volunteer

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

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Pros

    You get to live abroad and gain international work experience.

    Cons

    It is a volunteer position so you wont be saving any money.

    Recommends
  6.  

    Great time

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

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Best experience in the world

    Cons

    the heat and food are difficult

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Experience

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

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Flexibility
    Focuses on community needs more than government desires

    Cons

    Work can be slow
    Health hazards

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick a strategy and stick with it

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Volunteered in Tanzania

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanga, Tanga (Tanzania)
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanga, Tanga (Tanzania)

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    You get to work overseas with everything covered. Your medical and finances are covered and you are set up with a home and community. This would be very hard to do without the support of an organization like Peace Corps. Plus there are good security measures in place in the event of an emergency. You can learn about the success and failures of other volunteers, collaborate with other volunteers, apply for grants, or be rather independent with little communication to the outside world. It is up to you! For the self driven, self motivated go getters. Also for people who are comfortable in the uncomfortable. After you finish Peace Corps, you get non-competitive eligibility at US Gov jobs, which is a really nice perk that I am taking advantage of right now. You can see a listing of these jobs right at the career link page on the RPCV webpage. You can also be a fellow, and get tuition covered at grad school in exchange for community service.

    Cons

    I lived in Tanzania. Get used to heat, mosquitoes, mud, and other elements of nature that you are cushioned from here in the states. Can be tough to rally communities behind projects. Most of the places where PC goes have very chilled out lifestyles and they aren't quite as motivated for progress and change as we are. Just listen, be empathetic, and you should be fine.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Opportunity to do amazing things abroad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Community Health Volunteer in Yaoundé (Cameroon)
    Current Employee - Community Health Volunteer in Yaoundé (Cameroon)

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Gain great international experience with minimum qualifications. Personal growth dealing with independence, project management, failure, patience, working with different cultures are unparalleled.

    Cons

    Your job description is more about what you might possibly accomplish than what you actually will be doing. It can mislead in comparison to other jobs; you will create your own job when you arrive independently. Despite a complete disconnect of your work in the field, administrative bureaucracy can still be frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure more work is done through partnerships and more continuity from one volunteer to the next.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great opportunity for professional and personal growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Asuncion, Central (Paraguay)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Asuncion, Central (Paraguay)

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Generally volunteers have a lot of freedom to work on the projects that spark their interests/ background (taking the community's interest into account of course). You have a PC boss and community counterpart, however when you are in the field you are essentially your own boss.

    Cons

    The role of the volunteer is often quite ambiguous which can be frustrating and confusing. Volunteers' work is not meant to change the world and it won't, but the small changes you make make it worth it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better site development; more collaboration with local governments on development programs

    Recommends
  11.  

    Toughest job you'll ever love

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Pros

    The best place to learn life lessons and change your life.

    Cons

    It is difficult being an outsider and a target in the communities at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't place female volunteers alone.

    Recommends

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