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Volunteers act as catalysts for change by working within their communities on projects in many Peace Corps work areas.

Depending on your specific assignment, you might:

  • Focus on community development projects in education, youth development, health and HIV/AIDS, environment, and business development
  • Conduct community outreach and needs assessments

How do I qualify?


Applicants can qualify with a bachelor's degree in social work, counseling, or community development;
OR a bachelor's degree in any discipline, along with significant volunteer experience in education, youth development, health and HIV/AIDS, the environment, and/ or business.


Applicants must demonstrate experience in planning, organizing, counseling, or leadership within the past five years. This experience may be in education, youth development, health and HIV/ AIDS, the environment, and/or business. Other relevant experience includes knowledge of adult education and teaching methodology, conducting needs assessments, and a leadership position in a club or organization.

How will this advance my career?

Through serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer, you can gain fluency in a foreign language, international experience, and cross-cultural understanding, attributes that are highly sought-after assets in today's global economy. Experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer working with at-risk youth is valued by numerous organizations, including the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and many private companies and nongovernmental organizations seeking individuals with unique skills. Find out how returned Peace Corps Volunteers receive advantages in federal employment.

Also See: Volunteer Benefits

Last updated Jan 30 2014