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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated 22 April 2015
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  1. Toughest job you'll ever love.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Economic Development Consultant in Alajuela (Costa Rica)
    Current Employee - Economic Development Consultant in Alajuela (Costa Rica)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Experience working at grass-roots level of international development, become proficient in new language, intercultural exchange, experience working under minimal supervision, grant-writing experience, experience conducting qualitative and quantitative research analysis.

    Cons

    Because of your limited resources, the success of your projects is rare. Moreover, much of your impact is not immediately measurable, which can be emotionally and professionally dissatisfying.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a better project support to volunteers once they transition to site.

  2. 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.

  3. Rural Education Volunteer in Zambia

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

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  5. Community Economic Development Adviser Volunteer

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

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    You are able to learn a new language, culture and make lifelong friends.

    Cons

    You will learn your own limits, live without many of the comforts of home and spend 27 months away from your family.

  6. Work on communications and technology for recruitment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great mission
    Relaxed environment
    Staff is passionate about what they do

    Cons

    Lack of strategic direction and planning
    Many staff (especially appointees) afraid to take risks and try new things
    Terrible technology infrastructure; feels like you're operating in 2007

  7. Peace Corps Regional Recruiter

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  8. Health Volunteer (Mozambique)

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of freedom to pursue your own interests, whether that be a project or drinking. Full health coverage. They keep you safe.

    Cons

    Can be hard to get projects going because your host-country counterparts may not be motivated. Peace Corps is limited in the support it can provide here.

    Advice to Management

    Don't assume that a PCV can accomplish anything they want as long as they try hard enough. Otherwise, keep up the good work.

  9. Woth the experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  10. It really is the toughest job you'll ever love

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Secondary Education Volunteer in Nampula, Nampula (Mozambique)
    Former Employee - Secondary Education Volunteer in Nampula, Nampula (Mozambique)

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Personal growth, fulfilling work, cultural as well as other experience, set duration, looks good on a resume

    Cons

    being far from family and friends can be difficult at times, culture shock can be hard at first, you have a feeling of always 'being on' in your community which can get tiring at times

    Advice to Management

    None

  11. Amazing Opportunity!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    See amazing things and meet wonderful people.
    Live a lifestyle you might never have lived otherwise.
    Supportive in-country staff.

    Cons

    Lack of modern conveniences (plumbing, electricity, etc.)
    Being faced with challenging situations every day.

    Advice to Management

    Peace Corps is a great program and the cons or challenges, are often what lead to the benefits.

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