Pre-Departure Checklist

Complete these steps prior to beginning your Peace Corps service.

Video overview

Learn more about the pre-departure process: Once you accept an invitation to the Peace Corps, there are some important things you must do.


  • Immediately after invitation
    • Medical clearance — Complete tasks
    • Legal clearance — Submit background check and fingerprint cards
    • Submit your Peace Corps passport application
    • Submit your visa application (if applicable)
  • 3 months prior to departure
    • Submit aspiration statement
    • Update resume (if applicable)
    • Contact your student loan lender about meeting your obligations
  • 2 months prior to departure
    • Complete online onboarding activities
      • Emergency contact information
      • Direct deposit
      • Student loan certification
  • 45 days prior to departure
    • Complete online training courses
      • Core expectations
      • Safety and security
  • 30 days prior to departure
    • Receive staging reporting instructions
  • 1 day prior to departure
    • Become a Peace Corps trainee
    • Meet your training class