Peace Corps Reviews

Updated 26 August 2014
Updated 26 August 2014
372 Reviews

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372 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.  

    An opportunity to learn about other cultures and discover your strengths and weaknesses

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - GSA  in  Cochabamba (Bolivia)
    Former Employee - GSA in Cochabamba (Bolivia)

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

    Pros

    This is one in a life time experience to grow. You have international exposure, improve language skills, learn how to work and adapt to work within a different culture and within bi-national teams.
    It gives you the opportunity to value what you had the opportunity to enjoy in US.

    Cons

    It can be challenging at times to adjust to new cultures, salaries are not great,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It can be bureaucratic.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Formative experience - extremely helpful for defining future career

    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer  in  Dakar (Republic of Congo)
    Former Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer in Dakar (Republic of Congo)

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities to learn from community because of independent work environment.

    Cons

    Level of funding from Congress would allow for greater support for training and other support services for volunteers.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A challenging experience that builds character and helps one understand how the developing world operates.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - CED Peace Corps Volunteer  in  Okongo (Namibia)
    Former Employee - CED Peace Corps Volunteer in Okongo (Namibia)

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

    Pros

    - Being able to work with diverse groups of host country nationals (HCN) and hear their stories.
    - Clearly seeing the results of your and your colleagues' work.
    - The ability to use a wide range of skills and having the freedom to take part in a number of unique projects.
    - Becoming an expert in the country and part of the world that you are assigned to.
    - Gaining basic proficiency in a foreign language.
    - Becoming integrated in and very close to a host family and a, typically small, host community.

    Cons

    - Peace Corps Pre-Service Training (PST) is often too broad and not specific or technical enough.
    - The potential and quality of volunteer sites often varies dramatically.
    - Peace Corps staff, like sites, vary dramatically in both ability and knowledge which can be frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Peace Corps has a huge amount of potential. However, more technical training needs to be provided during PST on policies and document formatting requirements specific to the country that a group of volunteers is serving in. For example, providing more technical information during PST could help ensure that volunteers did not waste months of their time assisting HCNs with writing business plans and government contract bids that did not actually meet the basic requirements of the country's financial institutions and government offices. This was a situation I observed firsthand, on numerous occasion, during my own service that could have easily been rectified with a few additional country specific community economic development technical training sessions during PST.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Amazing

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Peace Corps

    Pros

    Great people , great opportunities .

    Cons

    Hard to get into as they keep their employees for a long time .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work .

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Provides International Perspective

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer
    Current Employee - Peace Corps Volunteer

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

    Pros

    Things I had read in school or in magazines became real and tangible. You are your own boss to a large extent. Explore yourself and develop life skills that you will draw from forever.

    Cons

    You don't have enough money to make lasting tangible differences. Must believe in pedagogy and teaching.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Agriculture Advisor

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    Former Employee - Agriculture Volunteer  in  Sunyani (Ghana)
    Former Employee - Agriculture Volunteer in Sunyani (Ghana)

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

    Pros

    Intense experience, meet amazing people, have a great adventure. Life changing experience. Will actually miss it in a weird way when it's all over.

    Cons

    It's hard. You'll get sick, it will be dangerous, you will lose a lot of faith in government and development work. Most times projects won't work out how you planned.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great experience, would recommend to anyone interested in working abroad

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Volunteer
    Former Employee - Volunteer

    I worked at Peace Corps for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexibility and insightful experience, would highly recommend to anyone

    Cons

    Strict policies and procedures when out of site

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Wonderful, life changing experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development  in  Yerevan (Armenia)
    Former Employee - Business Development in Yerevan (Armenia)

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn about new cultures, grow as a person and really appreciate what it means to be an American.

    Cons

    A lot of government bureaucracy and reporting, but understandable as a way to measure volunteer and program success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Flesh out volunteer assignments and host families better so volunteers have easier transitions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Rewarding but challenging

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - TEFL Volunteer
    Former Employee - TEFL Volunteer

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

    Pros

    Get to live abroad, they really take care of you, get to learn a new language, you'll always have a good story in future interviews.

    Cons

    You can get stuck in a bad situation. Peace Corps isn't very responsive to individual volunteers needs if their name is on the line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should be better feedback mechanisms for discontent. I and other volunteers felt very shut out at time, especially with legitimate isses.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Highly Recommended for Anyone Considering a Career in Development

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Peace Corps

    Pros

    As a Peace Corps Volunteer, you are "in the trenches" of international development work on a daily basis for two years. The perspective you will gain in regards to what makes an effective development project on the ground/community level is eye-opening and invaluable if you plan to pursue development work as a career. Every day can bring something different and surprise you in the ways that you can contribute to your host community.

    Cons

    Every Peace Corps experience is very different from the next, so any of the points in this review can be viewed as pros or cons, depending on your personality, expectations, and country/community assignment. One con for me is that Peace Corps is a highly unstructured program. I was assigned to a very disorganized community and host organization, neither of which had any motivation in engage in development projects. Identifying long-term projects and training my host organization was a long and frustrating process.

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