Peace Corps Reviews

Updated 18 September 2014
Updated 18 September 2014
381 Reviews
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381 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.  

    Good fit for those who are committed

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    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer  in  Baku (Azerbaijan)
    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Baku (Azerbaijan)

    I have been working at Peace Corps full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good opportunities for those who are ambitious with implementing projects.

    Cons

    Can be disheartening to fail a lot of times before succeeding

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to cultivate best practices amongst PCVs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  2.  

    Great life changing experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Great experience, had a lot of fun

    Cons

    In country staff was not very good

  3.  

    Travel. Live. Learn. Grow.

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    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer  in  Santa Rosa Mission (Guyana)
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Santa Rosa Mission (Guyana)

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

    Pros

    Live and learn from a group of people who don't think like you, don't act like you, challenge you in ways you never thought possible. Great chance to live in a new country and really learn about the culture and not be a tourist.

    Cons

    You're never really have a "home." You're an outsider there trying to get in and when you finally start to feel like one of the locals, you're on your way transitioning out. Can be very isolated and lonely.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Send people in pairs!

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Great life/cultural exchange experience, and definite skills building

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

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

    Pros

    Learn about another culture and self through this experience. Learn how to be super resourceful, and building strong relationships/community. Needs are provided for- good benefits. Non-competitive eligibility when service is completed, and re-adjustment reward.

    Cons

    Sometimes to find support. Little choice in location and site work. Not as many trainings as would have liked.

    Recommends
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  6.  

    Not just an idealistic decision, but also a practical career choice

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    Former Employee - Volunteer  in  La Romana (Dominican Republic)
    Former Employee - Volunteer in La Romana (Dominican Republic)

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

    Pros

    There are certain things that you can only learn from having the real-world experience, and Peace Corps is a very unique way of having the chance for this type of learning. The experience can vary by country, but I found the staff to be very supportive and the trainings were good at the beginning. Also, they have just recently made some changes to the application and project assignment process that look promising, so check that out. Lastly, if you're interested in a career in development, this is a great jumping off point.

    Cons

    A lot of the experience depends on the specific project you are assigned to, and not all of them are great. You do have some say in the type of project you want to be part of once you're in-country though. A whole lot of it depends on what you make of it and there is significant autonomy. Some people are ready for that and some aren't, but it can really satisfying and interesting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is some tension between the goals of the PC, basically between the cross-cultural goals and achieving actual development outcomes. I think PC can set higher expectations about the development outcomes. The cross-cultural piece is important, but it is not sufficient to give volunteers the impression that just doing that alone is enough.

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  7.  

    A powerful forum for cross-cultural exchange

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    A great way to gain regional expertise. One of the best ways to learn a useful foreign language. Good way to build a strong network of peers interested in international development, international affairs. Generally the institution attracts an open-minded, solid, a fun bunch! A wonderful way to give yourself a uniquely challenging work experiences. Forces you to grow in unexpected ways

    Cons

    Security issues, especially for women. You may get sent to a very unpleasant place. Expect extreme cultural shock depending on your country of choice.

  8.  

    Intern

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    Former Employee - Communications Intern  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Communications Intern in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at Peace Corps as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    The communications team at the organizations is comprised of top notch people who will give you a plenty of opportunities to learn more. The office culture was interesting because you get to interact with people who are passionate about improving the world.

    Cons

    The process for obtaining the security clearance was a bit cumbersome and definitely required a significant amount of persistence. Generally, the office felt a bit sterile.

  9.  

    Challenging my weaknesses and strength, this position because a very rewarding experience.

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    Former Employee - Youth Development  in  Kiev (Ukraine)
    Former Employee - Youth Development in Kiev (Ukraine)

    I worked at Peace Corps as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Hands on cross-cultural skills, international relations, government agency work, gained language skills, and a new perspective of life over all.

    Cons

    So much personal growth is needed. But this is nothing close to a con.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great need to continuously improve as you do now.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  10.  

    Volunteer

    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer  in  Lusaka, Lusaka (Zambia)
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Lusaka, Lusaka (Zambia)

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

    Pros

    The experience is incredibly valuable. Don't expect to change the world or your village at that. But concentrate on the few really willing and open to learning. The experience depends solely on what you do to make it great. Or not.

    Cons

    Staff were helpful most of the time. but there are some fundamental issues of transparency and efficiency assuming mostly due to the bureaucracy of the whole organization.

  11.  

    Experience was amazing

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    Former Employee - Girl's Education Extension Agenit  in  Kouvé (Togo)
    Former Employee - Girl's Education Extension Agenit in Kouvé (Togo)

    I worked at Peace Corps for more than a year

    Pros

    Getting to experience first-hand different cultures, gaining life experience, and really valuable soft skills. Living by your self in a host community is an amazing opportunity that most people never get to experience.

    Cons

    Sometimes it can feel lonely and like there is a lack of guidance, but it is also a great opportunity to learn to deal with ambiguity and be more flexible.

    Recommends

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