Advice from Peace Corps Volunteers
6 things I learned applying to the Peace Corps
Read Peace Corps Volunteer Tori Jackson's story of how diligence and perseverance paid off during the application process.
Collect the items below before beginning your application. Please note: You can only have one active Peace Corps Volunteer application.
- 1-3 pages
- Accepted formats: doc, dox, htm, html, mht, mhtml, pdf, rtf, txt
Motivation for Serving statement
Maximum length: 4,000 characters (approximately 500 words)
Address why you want to become a Peace Corps Volunteer and how you would overcome the challenges associated with service.
- Phone number
- Preferred: Current or previous employment supervisor(s)
- Volunteer work supervisor(s)
- Professor or advisor
- Close friend
- No relatives permitted
Foreign language skills
You will be asked to select your level of skill if applicable, and need to provide proof of completion:
- Official or unofficial transcript for college coursework
- Proficiency exam results
Additional required information
The following is needed to successfully submit your application:
- Basic personal information such as contact info and Social Security number
- Naturalization number (if applicable)
- Peace Corps history (if applicable)
- Legal history
- Intelligence agency background (for you and any immediate family members)
- Education background
- Sector specific experience in Agriculture, Health, Youth in Development, and/or Education (See What Volunteers Do)
- Peace Corps Prep certification: If you are a program participant, a Peace Corps prep certificate or the Peace Corps Prep Exit Checklist signed by your program coordinator.
- If interested in serving where you are needed most, provide your earliest availability date and regions and sectors of interest.