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Established in 1961 in Washington, D.C., Peace Corps, a new agency and an opportunity for Americans to serve their country and world, is one of the signature achievements of President John F. Kennedy. It is a service opportunity for motivated changemakers to immerse themselves in a community abroad, working side-by-side with local leaders to tackle the most pressing challenges of our generation. For over 55 years, Peace Corps volunteers in nearly 141 countries have established creativity, ingenuity, and grit to solve critical challenges alongside community leaders. The Peace Corps is a go-to place for volunteers where they work at the grassroots level to create change that lasts long after their service. The volunteers connect through PCLive and exchange ideas, share their experiences, access forms, and access community-created resources. The company offers its volunteers several benefits that include financial benefits, student loan benefits, travel benefits, medical & dental benefits, and more.

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1961
Carrie Hessler-Radelet
What departments Peace Corps employees work at?
DepartmentsRatio
Social and Community Service Managers37.1%
other occupation30%
Community / Social Service - Other8%
Human Resources7.5%
Education - Other5.5%
Preschool / Primary / Secondary School Teachers4.3%
Social Workers4.2%
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How many years of experience do Peace Corps employees have before joining?
Years of experience at Peace Corps: Newcomers: 44%, Experiencers: 26%, Experts: 16%, Veterans: 14%. Peace Corps employees have less than 3 years experience on average before joining.
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Where did Peace Corps employees work before joining?
Where they've worked before Peace Corps: American University, AmeriCorps, International Rescue Committee. Typical Peace Corps employees have worked at American University.
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AmeriCorps
International Rescue Committee
What industries did Peace Corps employees work in previously?
Industry Background: The most typical industries of Peace Corps: Colleges / Universities, Social Advocacy Organizations, Niche Education, Elementary & Secondary School, Child Day Care Companies. Peace Corps employees most likely come from a Colleges / Universities industry background.
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Where did Peace Corps employees work before joining?
Past employers' size at Peace Corps: Small: 46%, Medium: 14%, Large: 40%. Most Peace Corps employees have previously worked at small companies.
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Educational background

What did employees at Peace Corps study?
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Where did employees at Peace Corps study?
American University
Indiana University-Bloomington
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Employee data

How long do people stay in a role at Peace Corps?
Time employed at Peace Corps: <1: 19%, 1-3: 50%, 4-8: 25%, 9-13: 4%, 14-20: 1%, 20+: 1%. Most Peace Corps employees stay with the company for 1-3 years which is less than the industry average.
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How does Peace Corps rank for age & gender diversity?
Gender ratio at Peace Corps: 45.1% Male and 54.9% Female. Age ratio at Peace Corps: 16-20: 0%, 21-30: 77%, 31-40: 15%, 41-50: 4%, 51-60: 2%, 60+: 2%. Peace Corps rates - 4.9% more female than the industry average. Most Peace Corps employees are 21-30, which is below the industry median age range.
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How does Peace Corps rank for career advancement?
Career advancement at Peace Corps: low. Peace Corps ranks low for career advancement which is above the industry average.
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Peace Corps Volunteer
April 6, 2023
Suppurative
5.0
Ratings
5
Professional growth
5
Salary & Benefits
5
Work-Life balance
5
Recognition & Support
5
Culture and Values
My Peace Corps Service was from 2013 to 2015. I served with my wife, Suzanne after retiring from my career in solid waste. I was fortunate to have support from my counter parts in the NGOs I was part of during my service. I made friends with whom I am still in contact. Our concentration was HIV and related health issues. This included teaching gardening, household finances, decision making and conflict resolution. A large part of my assignment was developing program guides that could be used after completing service.

Pros and Cons
Experiencing and working in a different culture.
Not really a con, but be prepared to live in primitive conditions and remote areas.
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Program Trainer Assistant (A Preace Corps Volunteer Counterpart before it)
January 29, 2023
Fun and productive workplace, supportive colleagues, good working conditions.
5.0
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5
Professional growth
5
Salary & Benefits
5
Work-Life balance
5
Recognition & Support
5
Culture and Values
I had the opportunity to work with native Americans and local Trainers. We worked together to train Peace Corps Education Volunteers, 42 of them. They were trained to have cognitive tools and useful skills in teaching English at local preschool, primary and highschools and university. I needed daily complete preparation before, during and after each session.I had my own parts in giving assignments and scoring them at the right time. I experienced what is punctuality meant for American people at work. Hardwork was a major quality as well. I took part in team works and appreciated the spirit of it. I had enough time to understand more American culture and values (dress code, being with themselves and with other communities,...). Meetings between training entities were also so important. I had the opportunity to work with the administration staff at the Peace Corps Office (PCO) either. As a responsible of data entry, translating information, receiving calls, duplicating files.

Pros and Cons
Free meals, supportive teams, Hallowen/ birthday celebrations, good salary, kudos, friendly office,
Nothing to say about that.
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November 17, 2022
Lifechanging but challenging
4.2
Ratings
5
Professional growth
3
Salary & Benefits
4
Work-Life balance
4
Recognition & Support
5
Culture and Values
I enjoyed my time immensely but that wasn't without it's challenges. A lot of stress, not knowing what's going on, and a lot of crying in the middle of a corn field. But worth it if you have an adventurous and generous spirit. Oh, and as you can expect, pay is low

Pros and Cons
Travel opportunities, doing good
challenging environments and cultural clashes
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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY HELPDESK
Freetown, IN - September 17, 2022
Education and training
4.0
Ratings
4
Professional growth
3
Salary & Benefits
4
Work-Life balance
4
Recognition & Support
5
Culture and Values
Working at Peacecorps Sierra Leone as a volunteer landed me so many values. Such as, respect of cultural values, human rights, values for education and training. The institution set my communication skills, organising and planning skills, analytical skills, team player, decision making and problem solving skills, and technical and system knowledge.

Pros and Cons
Cultural values, and Educational values.
Deplorable road networks when travelling to hard to reach areas.
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Literacy trainer
September 7, 2022
Amazing Team with Great Support
4.2
Ratings
4
Professional growth
5
Salary & Benefits
4
Work-Life balance
4
Recognition & Support
4
Culture and Values
Preparing a diverse group of adult learners from the USA to provide literacy instruction to elementary learners across schools in the OECS was an illuminating experience for me. Regular feedback from students only made the sessions more engaging , meaningful and student-centered. Additionally, the technical and administrative support provided during the training made a huge difference in the learning experience provided to students. It was a good opportunity for students to learn first-hand, the culture, language varieties and values that differ from their own. What I enjoyed most about the training was the preparation for practical teaching. Watching students in action as they assessed, designed and implemented engaging lessons to children was incredibly impressive.

Pros and Cons
Amazing students from diverse cultures, good salary, paid training
packed curriculum
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English as a Second Language High School Instructor
Morocco, IN - July 8, 2021
Finding my Career Direction while gaining Global Experiences
4.8
Ratings
5
Professional growth
4
Salary & Benefits
5
Work-Life balance
5
Recognition & Support
5
Culture and Values
I went from being a farm boy in North Dakota to a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco. In many ways, my experience in isolation on a farm in the country with mostly my imagination to inspire me was of great use in the Peace Corps. Many volunteers found themselves bored in a small town with not much to do outside of work. I was quite used to that. In my Germans from Russian traditional upbringing, the men and woman were already separated, so seeing that in a Muslim culture was not unusual or upsetting. At home, the men would be in one room discussing farming and hunting and the women would be in the kitchen, cooking and discussing gardens and children. Even in church, men sat on the right and women on the left. During our eight-week training, I learned Moroccan Arabic and basic teaching skills. Our students would probably not have books, so we would have to draw images to help them understand. Then, we were sent out to our locations to work and live our lives.

Pros and Cons
Training, experience, global exposure, intercultural communication, travel
low pay, some safety concerns (if there were a coup, we'd have to find ourselves out of the country)
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Teacher Coach Counselor
July 7, 2021
Teacher, Tutor, Counselor
4.4
Ratings
5
Professional growth
2
Salary & Benefits
5
Work-Life balance
5
Recognition & Support
5
Culture and Values
For three wonderful years, I lived in a small town called Sierra Maestra which is near Maracaibo. I worked in a public school and a Catholic school for girls. Normally one stays for two years. I had more that I wanted to accomplish. I remain in touch with a few people. I was there from 1966 to 1969.

Pros and Cons
Complete fulfillment working with the kids.
It was very hot and rainy and at times, very frustrating.
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Volunteer
June 18, 2021
Too rich to explain
4.2
Ratings
5
Professional growth
2
Salary & Benefits
4
Work-Life balance
5
Recognition & Support
5
Culture and Values
I went to West Africa, learned French and Hausa, and made lifelong friends. You will become fluent in the local language(s), so pick a location where you think the culture and lifestyle is amenable to your own. Like no other job you will ever have. Just go, make mistakes, and do something very different. It's an excellent entree to Foreign Service or diplomatic corps, teaching, and requires two years service.

Pros and Cons
Lifetime experience
no money, just subsistence and a small bonus upon completion.
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Washington, DC - May 26, 2021
Unsupported and Unorganized
1.0
Ratings
1
Professional growth
1
Salary & Benefits
1
Work-Life balance
1
Recognition & Support
1
Culture and Values
Adult education volunteers in Costa Rica's remote areas were expected to establish adult learning programs, rather than assist host country nationals with already established programs. The only praise I can give to the Peace Corps was that it provided the opportunity for middle class and lower class to spend an extended time in a foreign country without paying for it themselves.

Pros and Cons
Paid travel to host country
Peace Corps has no priority , so volunteers are often blamed when criminals attack them.
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Language and Culture Facilitator
Mexico, ME - May 6, 2021
THE GREATEST EXPERIENCED I'VE EVER HAD
5.0
Ratings
5
Professional growth
5
Salary & Benefits
5
Work-Life balance
5
Recognition & Support
5
Culture and Values
Working at Peace Corps Mexico was full of great learning and professional development. I received high-level capacitation, recognition, and feedback.

Pros and Cons
Friendly office, inclusive environment
I find no cons of working in this place.
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What year was Peace Corps founded?
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Sophie Hayes3 years ago
1961.
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What industry does Peace Corps operate in?
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Isabella Holmes3 years ago
Government/Civil Service/Military.
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What’s the main location of Peace Corps?
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Benjamin Gardner3 years ago
It’s Washington, DC.
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gender breakdown at Peace Corps?
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Sophie Hayes3 years ago
gender ratio is 54.9% female, 45.1% male.
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Who is the CEO of Peace Corps?
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Benjamin Gardner3 years ago
Carrie Hessler-Radelet.
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What’s the average length of tenure at Peace Corps?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
Typically 1-3 year(s).
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what kind of companies did Peace Corps employees work for?
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Isabella Holmes3 years ago
Small companies before Peace Corps.
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How often do employees get promoted at Peace Corps ?
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Isabella Holmes3 years ago
advancement opportunities are low
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who are employees usually hired by after leaving Peace Corps?
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Sophie Hayes3 years ago
by one of these businesses: Department of Labor, Environmental Protection Agency, GSA, Self Employed, Social Security Administration, USDA, US Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of State
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Where did employees work before joining Peace Corps?
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Isabella Holmes3 years ago
American University, AmeriCorps, International Rescue Committee, Self Employed, Starbucks, Target, U.S. Department of State, U.S. House of Representatives.
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How old are Peace Corps’s employees in general?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
around 21-30.
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Where did most of Peace Corps employees go to school?
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Benjamin Gardner3 years ago
American University, Indiana University-Bloomington, The George Washington University, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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What is the sick leave policy of this organization?😏
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10 months ago
Whenever you are sick you can take a sick day. 🔥
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10 months ago
Organization take care of their sick employees. That's really a rare thing others do😍
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want to apply as a program analyst but so afraid that i might not get hired😅
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10 months ago
you should prepare reports correspondence and other written materials for ur interview to show them u r capable👌
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10 months ago
serving as ORD coordinator really increases ur chances of getting hired here!!
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How flexible are working hours😏 Like would i be able to leave if i want to in case of any family issues or so?
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10 months ago
This job is quite hectic yet I enjoyed alot working with this agency.
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10 months ago
Work load is beyond limits sometimes. I get tired😐
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I am working in a company but with a very bad salary package. I am interested in joining it. Lemme know about their salary package.
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9 months ago
The salary is enough to meet the needs.:) satisfied
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9 months ago
Pay is objectively low copared to the US salaries.😃 may be it's only me
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what advise would u give them to imrpove if u had the opportunity😮
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10 months ago
i enjoyed working here,so no advises😙
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10 months ago
positioning volunteers bit closer wld be really helpful😄
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not sure abt the pace of work here🙂
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9 months ago
its slow which makes the job a little less stressful😬
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9 months ago
its fast sometimes but reawrding duzring initial training stage🙂
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this job is stressful that ik but hopefully nothing is too overly stressful that makes me wanna pull my hair out😟
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9 months ago
far from home was the only thing i had trouble with👍
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9 months ago
maintainig oversight over the purchase card program and cardholders really made me wanna pull my hair out but i liked the job overall its worht it😅
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I have heard the training this organization gives you is very helpful for your personality building. Is that so?
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10 months ago
Training was so good; I have learned a lot of good things about myself and discovered some hidden secrets about this world. 😊
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10 months ago
Training was amazing dude. A roller-coaster experience. 💝
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hoping the hrs are good heree👌
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10 months ago
6 but depends on ur work😮
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10 months ago
I really liked the hrs heree😚
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What about career advancement opportunities in this organization.
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10 months ago
I got to learn some professional skills which later on helped me in building my career. 😍
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10 months ago
I got opportunities to learn and improve my skills. everytime new things to learn😅
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How is the management of this organization? The organization i previously worked for became just my headache so couldn't continue
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10 months ago
Mnanagement is cooperative. Some managers give you tough time but good and bad is everywhere.😅
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10 months ago
My manager cares about my career growth a lot. I am really satisfied😅
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what are some qs i can expect🤔
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9 months ago
they ask standard interview qs. I was asked to describe a challenge i faced and how i overcame it so prepare for that😊
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9 months ago
pretty straight forward nterview answer honestly is the best advice i can give👌
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I am actually joining it thinking as my last workplace. wanna know the insurance plan it provides
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9 months ago
The orgaization gives you health, dental and vision insurance. 🔥
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9 months ago
The health insurance is pretty good depending on the location you are working at. 😆
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I was wondering do they offer work from home opportunity? as I do not prefer on site job
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10 months ago
There's no opportunity to work from home as this organization is interactive with the community.
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10 months ago
No work from home facility. You should look for some other
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What are the pros of working here, as shortly i'll be joining it:)
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10 months ago
Great experience,and definite skills building. 🤩
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10 months ago
This job is toughest yet rewarding. Toughest job one can love. 😁
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Can I get a job at here but work at home?
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9 months ago
Not that I heard of.😌
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9 months ago
Apply to open positions online.They might allow some positions to work at home
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I am working in an organization but my co-workers are very disloyal. I hope the enviornment here is not like that.
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9 months ago
People working gere are supportive of your success.
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9 months ago
I have worked in this organization for 5 years and my co-workers were so good to me. 😃
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