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Returned Volunteer FAQs

Here you'll find resources for continuing involvement with the Peace Corps' from administrative necessities such as keeping your records up-to-date, to more enjoyable opportunities such as finding RPCV groups in your area. FAQs fall into the following four catagories:

Loose Ends | Staying Connected | Employment | Federal Employment


  • Are RPCVs eligible for unemployment compensation?

    Unfortunately, RPCVs are not eligible for unemployment benefits.

    The Solicitor of Labor has ruled that individuals enrolled in the Peace Corps programs are volunteers who perform services under the terms and conditions that they do not give rise to the legal relationship of employer and employee, and, therefore, are not considered in employment covered under Title II of the Emergency Jobs and Unemployment Assistance Act of 1974, Public Law 93-567.88, Stat. 1845. For further information, see the Unemployment Insurance Program Letter, Number 19075, dated May 22, 1975, from the U.S. Department of Labor, Manpower Administration.

    According to the Department of Labor's website: "Unemployment Insurance (UI) programs provide unemployment benefits to eligible workers who become unemployed through no fault of their own, and meet certain other eligibility requirements." Generally, this means that to be eligible for unemployment, an employee must have been laid off or fired from their job. Since Peace Corps Volunteers willingly commit to a time-limited service, they are not eligible to claim unemployment benefits when their service ends. If you have further questions, please refer to the Department of Labor website. For career assistance, visit our website to check out different resources available and for a list of upcoming career events.

  • How do I apply for employment with the Peace Corps?

    Visit our Jobs section for a comprehensive look at working at the Peace Corps, plus listings for open positions at Peace Corps headquarters in Washington, D.C., as well as regional and overseas jobs.

    Campus Recruiting Positions

    The Peace Corps occasionally places Peace Corps campus coordinators/graduate assistants ("strategy contractors") at certain colleges and universities that are good sources for potential Volunteers.

    Strategy contractors are returned Volunteers who work half-time on campus as Peace Corps recruiters while pursuing degrees. The recruiter is actually employed by the university which has been awarded a contract by the Peace Corps for recruitment activities.

    If you plan to attend school, you might contact the local Peace Corps office responsible for the state in which your school is located to inquire about these positions. Many Peace Corps Campus Recruiter contractor positions are advertised on RPCV Career Link.

    Temporary and Short-Term Positions

    Departments at Peace Corps interested in hiring temporary employees often submit their vacancies to RPCV Career Link (temporary vacancies at Peace Corps are not posted to Avue the way permanent positions are).

    Short-term positions at Peace Corps posts are advertised on Avue; visit our Jobs section for more information.

Last updated Jan 22 2014

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