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Tuesday, July 6, 2021

More than 700 Undergraduates Earn Certificates from Peace Corps Prep Program

WASHINGTON –The Peace Corps announced today that more than 700 undergraduate students completed the Peace Corps Prep program in the 2020-2021 academic year.

“The graduates of Peace Corps Prep are committed to the unifying power of service and have a passion for intercultural understanding, which is critically needed as we look to help communities around the world overcome and heal from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Peace Corps Acting Director Carol Spahn. “These students took a historically challenging academic year and used it as an opportunity to focus on what they can give to others. And this program is just the beginning of their service journey – one that is not limited to students, but that we should all consider to give back to our communities.”

Peace Corps Prep is a certificate program provided by the agency, in cooperation with more than 140 partner universities, to empower undergraduate students in four core competencies vital to the fieldwork and success of a Peace Corps volunteer. These competencies include critical sector-specific skills, foreign language proficiency, intercultural competence and professional leadership skills.

“Through our partner universities, students of diverse backgrounds are made aware of the Peace Corps’ service opportunity,” said Office of University Programs Director La’Teashia Sykes. “I want to offer my sincere congratulations to the students who have earned their Peace Corps Prep certificate and to our partners who continue to inspire hundreds of students to foster their love of service.”

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About the Peace Corps: The Peace Corps sends Americans with a passion for service abroad on behalf of the United States to work with communities and create lasting change. Volunteers develop sustainable solutions to address challenges in education, health, community economic development, agriculture, the environment and youth development. Through their Peace Corps experience, volunteers gain a unique cultural understanding and a life-long commitment to service that positions them to succeed in today's global economy. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, more than 240,000 Americans of all ages have served in over 140 countries worldwide. For more information, visit peacecorps.gov and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.