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  1.  

    Keep realistic expectations and you can have a life changing experience.

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    Current Contractor - Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco, MO (US)
    Current Contractor - Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco, MO (US)

    I have been working at Peace Corps as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    -Living Abroad for 2 years
    -Flexible schedule
    -Able to adapt projects/role to desired career path.
    -Paid Health
    -Travel opportunities
    -Vacation benefits

    Cons

    -Pay = volunteer position
    -Required trainings that have no benefit to service
    -Living Conditions (Location specific)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use the resources within each country to improve resources and trainings.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Peace Corps is a challenge. Do you accept?

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    Former Contractor - Peace Corps Volunteer in Kiev (Ukraine)
    Former Contractor - Peace Corps Volunteer in Kiev (Ukraine)

    I worked at Peace Corps as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    The US Peace Corps is an outstanding governmental organization working to improve the lives of others and share our American values with our partners around the world. I had the amazing opportunity to volunteer for three months in Ukraine and I couldn't be happier with my experience. I was totally immersed in Ukrainian village life and received exceptional cross-cultural awareness and language training. I connected on a very personal level with my adoptive Ukrainian family at site and with my Peace Corps family worldwide.

    Cons

    This job is not an easy won. You have to accept that some decisions are not in your control and that you are bound to the bureaucracy that is the Peace Corps. You must respect the chain of command and be on duty 24 hours a day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo West Africa

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Incredible experience. Experience of a lifetime

    Cons

    Not much, they did a great job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Peace Corps Volunteer in Nicaragua

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Ability to live in a community for 2 years, immersion experience

    Cons

    Can be disorganized or unfocused depending on your project

    Recommends
  6.  

    Rewarding work, with unexpected challenges

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    Former Employee - Education Volunteer
    Former Employee - Education Volunteer

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

    Pros

    For me, one of the best things about working for Peace Corps was the *amazing* pre-service language training I received. By the time I got to my site, my knowledge of the local language was strong enough to enable me to listen, pick up words, and quickly improve my speaking fluency. Also, I really love Peace Corps' philosophy of development: it's very much about getting to know your host community and helping them find ways to achieve their goals, as opposed to barging in and imposing your own vision on the community. It's the sanest way of doing international development that I know of.

    Cons

    The culture I served in had a very different way of approaching gender than what I was used to from living in the U.S. -- very different roles and expectations for men and women. That's probably always the case in Peace Corps, but we received almost no training on how to deal with this aspect of the culture. Some of the women volunteers I knew ended up in dangerous situations because they didn't realize that the boundaries between the sexes worked differently in our host country. I wish so much that our pre-service training had taken these issues into account.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The majority of Peace Corps volunteers, in my experience, are women -- so *please* give us the training we need to navigate the gender dynamics of our host countries safely!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great experience, flawed bureaucracy

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    Former Employee - Business Advisor in Karakol, Issyk Kul (Kyrgyzstan)
    Former Employee - Business Advisor in Karakol, Issyk Kul (Kyrgyzstan)

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

    Pros

    Peace Corps is what you make of it, although some things make it easier for a good experience. Depending on site placement, you can work with incredible people and gain invaluable experience. There is generally good support for volunteers.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy of Peace Corps is incredibly frustrating. Grant availability and requirements make finding money for worthy causes challenging most of the time. Also, volunteers are typically treated as misbehaved children who cannot be trusted, instead of competent adults who have proven that they want to and should be doing the work they are doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust the volunteers to manage work/life balance on their own. Work days often vary and volunteers are often working evenings and weekends without adequate compensation to their time off.
    Also, the readjustment allowance does so little...it really needs to be stepped up, or at least improve the healthcare or loan programs upon return.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    The best life experience

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    Former Employee - Small Business Advisor in Léo (Burkina Faso)
    Former Employee - Small Business Advisor in Léo (Burkina Faso)

    I worked at Peace Corps full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Learned a new language
    Met many new friends from a new culture
    Had a chance to start business with local counterparts

    Cons

    Lack of toilets
    Emotional roller coaster (could be a pro)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great way to continue to make a difference!

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    Current Employee - Regional Recruiter
    Current Employee - Regional Recruiter

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, mission that's easy to support, people know and love who you work for--small talk is easy!

    Cons

    As a federal agency, things can move slowly, but I find that it's more because of safeguards put up due to public distrust of government. If this weren't the case, I think the agency would be much more productive and efficient. If you don't want to move to DC, there aren't many opportunities for advancement. A lot of people in senior leadership are political appointees, and sometimes I question whether they're the right person for their positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None really; most issues seem to be due to hands being tied by bureaucracy out of management's control

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Difficult but worth it; periods of boredom punctuated with bursts of stress and anxiety; you never stop learning.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    -Flexible schedule
    -You can work on projects that interest you, as long as their is community interest as well
    -Learning about another culture
    -Local friends
    -Plenty of time outdoors
    -Moments of incredible peace and satisfaction
    -A life changing experience

    Cons

    -Mentally challenging: can be lonely and alienating
    -Exhausting to always be visible in village
    -Peace Corps bureaucracy
    -Plans falling through, projects failing miserably
    -Always feeling like you could do more

  11.  

    TEFL Volunteer

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    Former Employee - TEFL Volunteer in Yevlax (Azerbaijan)
    Former Employee - TEFL Volunteer in Yevlax (Azerbaijan)

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    See the world. Learn a language. Assimilate to another culture.

    Cons

    Often isolated and lack of managerial support

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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