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    Public Health Educator

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    Former Employee - Public Health Educator in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Public Health Educator in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    Challenge your world view, meet wonderful people.

    Cons

    Food, weather, transportation, isolation, cultural differences

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Volunteer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Great opportunity to expand knowledge and skills

    Cons

    Remote locations, lack of amenities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Peace Corps is an incredibly welcoming and friendly work environment.

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    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    The people are incredibly. Many are Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and are bringing in an array of cultural perspectives, which creates a dynamic and globally oriented work environment.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy. You would find this at any government agency, but sometimes it is difficult to change things or get things done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the young people. They may not have as much experience, but they have great ideas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Overall, great place to work!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    great Mission, adventurous people, relative lack of bureaucracy compared to other federal agencies, always new groups of pcvs keep things moving

    Cons

    Loss of institutional memory because of the so called five year rule. Too risk averse, though that may be changing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Hardest job you'll ever love

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Flexibility, field experience, hard work

    Cons

    Work can be abstract., lonely, not payed enough, it really is a 24-7 job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    An experience to remember

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Pros

    training, training, training, training, training

    Cons

    playing favorites and no confidentiality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    not everyone should be a manager.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    I worked as a TEFL volunteer teaching high school students a rural madrasa.

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

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

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    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.

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    Big commitment, but valuable

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    Former Employee - Volunteer in Fiji (Saudi Arabia)
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Fiji (Saudi Arabia)

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

    Pros

    The experience I gained from my volunteer service is something that I would be hard-pressed to find elsewhere.

    Cons

    In-country management sometimes seemed to be more concered about adhering to policy than responding to the actual needs of the volunteers.

    Recommends

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