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Benefits After Service

Develop Skills for the Global Marketplace

Fluency in foreign languages, international experience, and cross-cultural understanding are highly sought-after assets in today’s global economy. The Peace Corps provides you with up to three months of intensive training before service begins and offers continued training throughout your service.

Whether you are a recent college graduate, mid-career, or retired, the new skills you learn can enhance your marketability and help you achieve long-term career goals. Volunteers returning from abroad have used their Peace Corps experience as the foundation for successful careers in a variety of fields, from government to business to education.

Earn Funds for Transition

The Peace Corps recognizes that returning from overseas requires some adjustment, so when you complete your two years of service, it provides more than $8,000 (pre-tax) to help with the transition to life back home. This money is yours to use as you wish.

Extend Health Benefits

Take advantage of affordable health insurance following Volunteer service. The Peace Corps pays the first month’s premium, then you have the option to purchase a reasonably priced insurance policy to cover you and qualified dependents for a limited time after you finish service.

Post-Service Education and Career Support

When Volunteers return to the United States, the Peace Corps provides transition assistance related to jobs and education. The Peace Corps publishes online job announcements, graduate school information, and career-related articles and advice; sponsors career events throughout the year in Washington, D.C., and across the country; and helps returned Volunteers translate their field experience for prospective employers and other professional contacts. Many returned Volunteers continue their careers in public service after the Peace Corps, and may be eligible for student loan forgiveness programs through the Department of Education.

Federal Employment Advantages

Volunteers who complete two years of service receive one year of noncompetitive eligibility for employment in the federal government. This means that, at the hiring agency's discretion, if a Volunteer meets the minimum qualifications for a position, he or she can be hired without going through the standard competitive process. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who are employed by the federal government (and in some cases, state employees and teachers) can receive credit toward retirement for their years of Peace Corps service.

Be Part of a Vibrant Network

After service, you can share your experiences with some of the more than 215,000 returned Peace Corps Volunteers. Connecting with any of the hundreds of diverse returned Volunteer groups is a great way to stay engaged as part of the active alumni network.

Unique Opportunity for Short-Term Assignments

Peace Corps Response is a program that offers short-term, high-impact assignments overseas for returned Volunteers and other experienced professionals. Positions average six months in length and are designed to address development needs as identified by the host country. There are a small number of assignments, selection is competitive, and requirements are different than for a Peace Corps Volunteer. Visit Peace Corps Response for more information

Last updated May 03 2016

Benefits of Volunteer Service

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