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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the Global Health Service Partnership, with links to more information. If you have additional questions about service, you can continue to explore this site, or contact a Peace Corps Response recruiter.

Application Process

  • How long does it take to complete the application?

    The initial online application takes approximately 15–30 minutes to complete. Applicants are required to complete an intercultural essay and answer job-specific questions. After submitting the application, candidates will receive an email confirming that the application was received.

  • When does the Global Health Service Partnership begin accepting applications?

    Applications will be accepted through December 11, 2015. Departures for one-year assignments will be in the summer 2016. Invitations will be extended beginning in January 2016 and may continue through early April. Outside of the open application season, an individual may submit a résumé at any time to indicate interest in the Global Health Service Partnership; candidates who do this will receive an email instructing them to apply through the application portal once recruitment opens.

  • What is the application process?

    • Complete an online application
    • If selected for further consideration, conduct first round interview with the Peace Corps
    • If selected for further consideration, conduct second round interview with Seed Global Health
    • Submit references
    • Submit legal pre-clearance and health history documents
  • OK, I've applied. What's next?

    If an invitation to serve is extended, candidates will be required to complete a full medical and dental clearance, a legal background check, and administrative paperwork that includes submitting an application for an Official Passport through the Peace Corps and a visa (if applicable).

    An applicant who is not selected for an interview will receive an email informing them of their status. Applicants may also check the status of their application at any time by logging into their account, and clicking on "Job Submission Status." The application status is viewable under the column “HR Status.”

During Service

  • What benefits do Volunteers receive?

    The Peace Corps provides Volunteers in the Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) with the same benefits as traditional Peace Corps Volunteers, including the following:

    • A monthly living stipend
    • Transportation to and from their country of service
    • Comprehensive medical care
    • A readjustment allowance at the end of service
    • Two days of paid vacation for each month of service

    In addition, Volunteers in GHSP receive a professional allowance from the Peace Corps and are eligible to apply for need-based supplemental financial stipends of up to $30,000 through Seed Global Health.

    GHSP Volunteer housing is provided by the in-country hosting institution. This housing must meet the safety and security standards of the Peace Corps.

  • What is Peace Corps' approach to Volunteer safety?

    The safety and security of all Volunteers continues to be the highest priority for the Peace Corps. Volunteers will receive a comprehensive safety and security briefing during the orientation at the Peace Corps post and will be asked to complete a safety and security training online prior to departing for service. It is critical that Volunteers follow the security guidelines developed by their post.

    Learn more about safety and security.

  • What type of orientation and training do Volunteers receive?

    Orientation at Peace Corps Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Pre-departure orientation is comprised of up to two weeks of technical training on tropical and infectious diseases and health conditions common in the countries where Global Health Service Partnership Volunteers work, as well as preparation for their roles as lecturers and clinical educators in a resource-limited setting. Volunteers will also learn more about Peace Corps and topics such as our approach to crossing cultures, personal health, and Peace Corps' policy and procedures and monitoring, evaluation, and reporting responsibilities, and meet other Global Health Service Partnership colleagues.

    Orientation in your country of service. Sessions in your country of service will cover topics such as keeping yourself healthy during service, safety and security, administrative policies and procedures unique to the Peace Corps, cultural awareness, and living in your country of service. You will also visit health centers, hospitals, and nursing and medical schools; meet representatives from the institution where you will work; and receive project-specific information related to the health and educational systems. Depending on the country and the assignment, Volunteers may also receive language training and/or participate in a short homestay.

    Participation in the full orientation is mandatory.

  • What will my work schedule look like?

    Volunteers serving in the Global Health Service Partnership will work as faculty in nursing and medical schools and their schedule will mirror that of other colleagues at the teaching institution in terms of lectures and clinical rotations. Volunteers are expected to plan their personal leave and vacation time around the academic schedule of the institution where they are working.

  • How do I obtain a letter for my student loan lender that confirms my service with the Peace Corps?

    Please contact certifications@peacecorps.gov and they can provide you with the documents needed to satisfy your lender’s request.

  • Can my spouse, significant other, and/or children accompany me during my service?

    The Peace Corps may allow a non-serving spouse/partner to accompany a Volunteer serving in the Global Health Service Partnership. Both the Volunteer and the non-serving spouse/partner will be required to sign an acknowledgement concerning the resources the Peace Corps is not able to provide and the policies and expectations that will be enforced. Further details can be provided to the applicant by the recruiter upon request.

    Children are not permitted to accompany serving Volunteers.

After Service

  • Am I eligible for noncompetitive eligibility status for federal employment?

    Due to the short-term nature of assignments, most Volunteers in the Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) are not eligible for noncompetitive status. However, Volunteers who serve two consecutive years in GHSP may be eligible for noncompetitive eligibility.

  • How do I share my story and photos from my service experience?

    Volunteers are encouraged to send personal narratives as well as high-quality photos with accompanying captions to pcresponse@peacecorps.gov. Compelling content from returned Volunteers supports Peace Corps’ Third Goal efforts to share stories about other countries with Americans back home. Select submissions may be used on social media or in a monthly email newsletter.

Peace Corps Response

  • What is Peace Corps Response?

    Peace Corps Response provides qualified professionals the opportunity to serve in rewarding, short-term assignments in various programs around the world. When you serve as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer, you bring your skills and experience to projects in places where you are needed most.

  • What are the minimum requirements for me to serve with Peace Corps Response?

    All Peace Corps Response applicants must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. They must also be a returned Peace Corps Volunteer, or have at least 10 years of professional experience or be a licensed physician or nurse applying for the Global Health Service Partnership.

  • What types of Peace Corps Response assignments are there in the health sector?

    Peace Corps Response Volunteers pilot new and innovative interventions in the areas of malaria prevention, maternal health, HIV/AIDS, nutrition, occupational therapy, health-care administration, and more. Volunteers can utilize their backgrounds in business or marketing to facilitate health promotion efforts for nongovernmental organizations or work with ministries of health to assist with the creation and implementation of community health worker volunteer programs.

    Learn more about Peace Corps Response.


Last updated May 03 2016

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