Pre-Application Checklist

Filling out the application is fast — approximately one hour — but it helps to be prepared.

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Required documents

Collect the items below before beginning your application. Please note: You can only have one active Peace Corps Volunteer application.

  • Resume
    • 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.

  • Three references

    Required information:

    • Name
    • Email
    • Phone number

    Recommended relationships:

    • Preferred: Current or previous employment supervisor(s)
    • Volunteer work supervisor(s)
    • Professor or advisor
    • Mentor
    • 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, 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.

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