This is your time

The Peace Corps serves in more than 60 countries on many of the world's pressing issues. Remember Peace Corps Volunteers range in age, gender, race, and professional experience. Join the nearly 7,000 Americans serving abroad and find the right fit.

Applicants to the two-year program must be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen.

  • Apply 9 to 12 months before you want to leave.

  • The upcoming application deadline is April 15 to depart in fall 2017.

Start Your Application

The Application Process

Applying to the Peace Corps is simpler, faster, and more personalized than ever before. All eight steps to the application process—from filling out your application to leaving for your assignment—are listed below. Remember, talking with a recruiter beforehand can make the process much smoother.

  1. Apply Online

    Filling out the online application takes about an hour, which you can complete all at once, or save and return to it later.

    Start your application Time to complete: 1 hour
    There are some medical conditions that typically are not supported in Peace Corps service; review the important medical information for applicants.
  2. Complete the Health History form

    Provide your health history so we can match you with countries that can support your medical needs.

    Complete as soon as possible to move to the next step.
  3. Make Some Choices

    Browse current openings and pick a program where your skills can make the greatest impact.

    View current openings
  4. Complete the Soft Skills Questionnaire

    Give the Peace Corps an idea of your work style and the environment in which you excel.

    Complete as soon as possible to move to the next step.
  5. Interview

    If selected to interview, you will have the chance to talk to a Peace Corps placement officer about your skills and interests.

    Videoconference scheduled over email.
  6. Invitation

    If chosen, receive and respond to your invitation to serve. If you aren't selected, that doesn't mean Peace Corps doesn't want you! Read the FAQs to find out more.

    On or before your know-by date.
  7. Medical and Legal Clearance

    Get the final OK from the Peace Corps Medical Office to serve abroad. The Peace Corps Medical Office will confirm that the Peace Corps can provide the individual medical support you need, and the Placement Office will confirm your legal eligibility for service.

    Provide the legal and medical information requested as soon as possible.
  8. Departure

    Embark on your Peace Corps service assignment, starting with training in the U.S.!

    More about Preparation & Training Departure dates are noted in Volunteer Openings

Need some help making your application stand out?

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Still Have Questions?

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  • Talk to a recruiter
    It's their job to have the answers. Ask them anything!

  • Learn more about your options and ask questions online or in-person.
  • Read our FAQs
    Find the answers to the most frequently asked questions.