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How Peace Corps Determines Selection and Placement of Volunteers

How and where the Peace Corps assigns Volunteers to work is based largely on:

  • How well your skills match the open positions we have
  • How your skills compare to those of other candidates
  • Your availability and suitability, and the start date of open positions
  • What support is available should you have special medical requirements

The more flexible you are about where you serve, the easier you are to place. Each year, Peace Corps places thousands of Volunteers in positions that have been created in collaboration with the countries requesting assistance. The start dates for these positions depend on the country and the job.

1. Requests by countries to fill jobs


2. Candidates submit Volunteer application and
Health History Form


3. Recruiter search and review of candidates


4. Candidates nominated by recruiters


5. Legal clearance


6. Placement suitability evaluation and
matching for different categories of jobs
and many departure dates


7. Invitations sent to selected candidates


8. Invitees make acceptance decision


9. Final medical evaluation


10. Invitees become trainees and
depart for their country


In a year, Peace Corps receives many applications. Some applicants are not qualified enough to proceed to nomination. Some are not competitive enough to receive an invitation. Some people withdraw from the process. Recruiters interview and evaluate candidates who may qualify based on skills and suitability. The recruiters then nominate candidates for general work categories in regions of the world and forward the candidates’ information to Peace Corps headquarters for legal clearance, placement consideration, and final medical evaluation and clearance.

The medical evaluation plays a part in both qualification for service and country assignment, taking into consideration any medical support that may be necessary.

Following legal clearance, the names of those candidates who are nominated and successfully complete an initial medical review are forwarded to a placement officer. Placement officers conduct a suitability review, considering motivation, commitment, productivity, emotional maturity, and social sensitivity. A placement officer may also contact you with additional questions. He or she will compare your skills to those of other candidates, review the timing of your availability and current job openings, and consider any medical support necessary. At this point, some nominated candidates will be evaluated as noncompetitive or not suitable for service. Placement officers determine final matches and issue invitations. The specific job and country offered may be different than those initially recommended by the recruiter, resulting from the variables mentioned. After invitations are accepted, candidates complete a final medical evaluation before departure for service.

Last updated Jan 30 2014