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Peace Corps Reviews

Updated 17 August 2014
Updated 17 August 2014
369 Reviews

4.3
369 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 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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  1.  

    Great organization if finding value in your work is important to you.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Travel, challenge and essentially managing your own schedule and projects

    Cons

    Limited oversight from management made certain projects difficult to complete

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    The Peace Corps was not the experience that I had imagined it would be, but it was well worth it.

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    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer

    Pros

    If you're an independent, self-motivated person who is okay with putting yourself outside of your comfort zone, the Peace Corps may be for you. It's a great way to gain new perspective on the world, as well as to contribute to a worthy cause.

    Cons

    The organization as a whole is committed to making things run smoothly and quietly. That means that if you want two years of solitude, you can have it (after the initial training, that it). On the downside, if you experience trouble at your site, you're on your own. Operations vary from country to country, but I found in my experience that the PC staff were not very supportive.

    Recommends
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    No opinion of CEO
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    Guatemala Peace Corps

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    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer

    Pros

    Wonderful staff and many opportunities to develop projects and grow professionally

    Cons

    No work life balance. No freedom. Priorities are on keeping the post open, not on the life of the volunteers or the projects

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great life experience

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    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer  in  Jalapa (Nicaragua)
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Jalapa (Nicaragua)

    Pros

    Cultural/language/technical training, the host country staff is great and I grew so much as a person during my 27-month service.

    Cons

    Things are SLOW with DC. Reimbursements, medical requests all took a very long time to be "approved" by DC and then getting back to me.

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Truly the hardest job you will ever love

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    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer  in  Asuncion, Central (Paraguay)
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Asuncion, Central (Paraguay)

    Pros

    You have time by yourself, but also make amazing friends halfway around the world. You learn how to be creative, to be a self-starter, and to not give up. You learn how to embrace failure and ask for support. And you may just learn a language that you will never use again.

    Cons

    Not a lot of support in some countries. I was lucky and had an amazing Peace Corps team, but I have heard that is not the same in all countries.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Volunteer

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    Former Employee - Volunteer  in  Senegal (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Senegal (Brazil)

    Pros

    Volunteer while living abroad with a paid stipend, excellent medical care, and language training. Peace Corps is well respected within the development community and is an excellent resume builder for someone looking to start an international career.

    Cons

    Difficult working conditions, incompetent bureaucracy, and safety issues. The high degree of staff turnover and differences in work culture between local staff and American volunteers creates a hard to navigate bureaucracy that makes even the simplest tasks difficult. Peace Corps field positions are amazing, life-changing experience but much of your time may be spend wrangling with administrative tasks.

    Recommends
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  8.  

    Great experience! I highly recommend it!

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    Former Employee - Community Economic Development Volunteer  in  Arequipa, Arequipa (Peru)
    Former Employee - Community Economic Development Volunteer in Arequipa, Arequipa (Peru)

    Pros

    I think the pros are obvious. You get to live in another country and experience a foreign culture like very few Americans have. You gain a perspective on development that is very difficult to get anywhere else.

    Cons

    Sometimes you do feel the bureaucracy of the Federal Government. The pros outweigh the cons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help out your volunteers when they need it.

    Recommends
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  9.  

    Great Training, Work, and Travel

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    Former Employee - English Teacher Trainer  in  Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)
    Former Employee - English Teacher Trainer in Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)

    Pros

    As a volunteer and as a staff member, I have seen PC from different angles. I was able to spend more than 2 years as a paid-volunteer overseas. In that time, I learned a new language, a new culture, and international experience. I was well taken care of, and I didn't spend any of my own money (except for the blood tests I had to get before I left). As an employee, I could not have had a better experience. They love their staff, and they take care of them. It is a lot of work, but I never felt overwhelmed and the benefits were great.

    Cons

    The volunteer application is very long. Mine took a year, but other's took longer. You will be "roughing" it for two years. Don't expect first class accommodations. However, this is what a lot of people want out of their experience, the chance to live with locals in a developing country.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to find ways to keep volunteers safe and healthy. My experience was fine, but there is always room for improvement.

    Recommends
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  10.  

    Great experience

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    Former Employee - Community Development Voluneer  in  Victoria (Grenada)
    Former Employee - Community Development Voluneer in Victoria (Grenada)

    Pros

    Fantastic learning, great friends, beautiful sights, and an opportunity to make a difference and travel the world!

    Cons

    Far from home (but you know that going in), difficult fitting into the culture

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Exceptional, Challenging Experience

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    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer Health  in  Brikama Ba (Gambia)
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer Health in Brikama Ba (Gambia)

    Pros

    - PAID field experience
    - diverse options in terms of location placement, work opportunities, experiences i.e. health sector vs agfo, Latin America vs Eastern Europe, rural bush life vs island life vs developing urban area
    - unique opportunity for international experience while serving your nation
    - a large degree of freedom to determine your own work i.e. pick your own project

    - NCE when you complete service
    - graduate school fellowships/scholarships

    Cons

    - minimal input on country placement (could be a pro or a con, depending on your perspective)
    - limited emphasis placed on M&E of projects
    - limited institutional memory - can often feel like reinventing the wheel
    - placement country and staff capabilities vary heavily

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