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Peace Corps Response Frequently Asked Questions

Applying to Peace Corps Response

  • Am I eligible for Peace Corps Response?

    Peace Corps Response recruits seasoned professionals who have significant experience, are doctors and nurses applying for the Global Health Service Partnership, and/or are returned Peace Corps Volunteers who have successfully completed their Peace Corps service.

    All Peace Corps Response candidates must be U.S. citizens.

  • What if I am a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, but I did not finish my original tour of service?

    Returned Peace Corps Volunteers should have completed their full tour of service. However, candidates who were unable to finish their full tour for reasons beyond their control, but finished in good standing with the Peace Corps, will also be considered.

  • What is the application process?

    The online application generally takes 15–30 minutes to complete. First, you will create a profile, providing general candidate information and uploading your résumé. Once you have created a profile, you can apply for specific position(s). Be prepared to describe how your skills and experience meet the mandatory qualifications for each position. Once you submit your application, you will receive an email confirmation. You may update your profile at any time after submitting an application.

  • How are candidates selected?

    Recruiters carefully review all applications; the most competitive candidates are contacted for an interview. Candidates are invited based on a full review of their application, an interview, reference checks, and their medical and legal eligibility to serve in the country for which they have applied.

  • I don't see any positions that match my professional skills. What should I do?

    If you don't see a position now that matches your skills, you should to continue to monitor open positions, as new opportunities are posted on a regular basis. In addition, you can create alerts on your profile to let you know when positions that match your professional experience become available.

  • How do I check the status of my application?

    You can check the status of your application at any time by logging into your account and clicking on “Job Submission Status.” Your application status is viewable under the column “HR Status.”

  • If I already submitted an application for the Peace Corps, can I use the same one for Peace Corps Response?

    No. There are separate application processes for the Peace Corps and Peace Corps Response.

  • I am a currently serving Peace Corps Volunteer interested in transitioning to a Peace Corps Response assignment after I complete my current service. What should I consider?

    • Search the Peace Corps Response webpage three to four months before your close of service date for positions that match your interest and experience.
    • Submit your application at least 45 days before you close service.
    • All Peace Corps Volunteers must complete their two-year service.
    • The Peace Corps Response assignment must begin within 60 days of your close of service date.
    • Your federal noncompetitive eligibility will be deferred until the Peace Corps Response assignment is complete.

Serving with Family

  • May I serve with my spouse/partner?

    It may be possible for Peace Corps Response Volunteers to serve together as a married couple, but only if available projects exist for both applicants.

    Learn more about the same-sex couple initiative.

  • Can my non-Volunteer spouse accompany me?

    The Peace Corps does not accommodate spouses who are not also Peace Corps Volunteers.

  • May my children accompany me?

    Children are not permitted to accompany serving Peace Corps Volunteers, including Peace Corps Response Volunteers. If you are selected and you have dependent children, you must ensure that adequate arrangements have been made for their care and support during your Peace Corps service.

Benefits of Service

  • What benefits do Peace Corps Response Volunteers receive?

    Peace Corps Response Volunteers receive similar benefits as Peace Corps Volunteers, including transportation to and from the country of service; settling-in, living, and leave allowances; two vacation days per month of service; medical and dental care; and, for those who complete their service, the option to receive a fixed travel stipend in lieu of a return plane ticket. Peace Corps Response Volunteers also accrue a readjustment allowance of $425 for each month of service completed.

  • Does the Peace Corps provide help with student loans and other financial obligations?

    Peace Corps Response Volunteers may be eligible for student loan deferments. Learn more about student loans.

During Service

  • What type of training is provided?

    No formal technical or language training is provided, although Volunteers do receive a short orientation upon arrival to their country of service. Volunteers are expected to accomplish concrete deliverables in a condensed time period and are expected to already possess the technical and language skills needed to successfully complete their assignments.

  • What is housing like?

    The Peace Corps requires you to live in Peace Corps-approved housing. The agency has security standards and local housing typically requires some enhancements to meet those standards. Family or friends may not live with you on a permanent basis.

  • What is the Peace Corps' policy on safety and security?

    The safety and security of all Volunteers continues to be the highest priority for the Peace Corps. All Volunteers will receive a comprehensive safety and security briefing during orientation at the Peace Corps post and will complete an online safety and security training prior to departure for service.

  • What is the visitors and vacation policy?

    If you have visitors, the visit must coincide with your vacation time, which is accrued at two days per month of service. Peace Corps Response Volunteers are not permitted to take vacation, nor have visitors, during the first or last month of service.

  • Can Peace Corps Response Volunteers extend the length of their assignment?

    Assignment extensions are approved depending on the needs of the host partner organization. There is a formal approval process for this, which is managed by the country director.

  • How do I bring attention to my Peace Corps Response project?

    Send all story ideas, narratives, and photos with captions to the Peace Corps Response marketing specialist at pcresponse@peacecorps.gov.

After Service

  • Are Peace Corps Response Volunteers eligible for noncompetitive eligibility status for federal employment?

    Peace Corps Response Volunteers (PCRV) are not eligible for noncompetitive eligibility with agencies other than the Peace Corps unless the PCRV completes two consecutive years of Peace Corps Response service. (Noncompetitive eligibility allows federal agencies to hire individuals without going through the competitive federal hiring process.) However, a PCRV who has been appointed (either by one appointment or multiple appointments) to a term of service aggregating at least 12 months over a 24-month period and has satisfactorily completed his or her service under each such appointment qualifies for noncompetitive eligibility for Peace Corps positions. If a Peace Corps Volunteer transitions from Peace Corps service directly to a Peace Corps Response assignment, the noncompetitive eligibility earned from the Peace Corps Volunteer assignment will be deferred until the end of the Peace Corps Response assignment.


Last updated May 03 2016

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