Speakers Match

The Speakers Match program is at the heart of fulfilling the Peace Corps' Third Goal—to increase Americans' understanding of other peoples and cultures.

Due to COVID-19, Peace Corps strongly recommends all educators and Volunteer speakers to follow CDC guidance, and any other applicable guidance, including local regulations, for all speaking engagements and to assess the feasibility of a virtual speaking engagements. When in-person engagements are considered, we recommend all parties adhere to CDC guidance related to COVID-19, including the use of masks and social distancing. Note that this CDC guidance is subject to change. Therefore, please check the CDC website and other applicable sources to ensure that you are following updated guidance.

Educator: Request a speaker RPCV: Sign up to speak


Returned Volunteers carry a wealth of stories, experiences, and life lessons from their time living and working abroad. The Speakers Match program allows Americans to experience different countries, cultures, and traditions through the eyes of a Volunteer who lived and worked at the grassroots level in their country of service.

Returned Volunteers involved in the Speakers Match program introduce learners to customs, beliefs, and adventures many have never imagined. These connections inspire global competency in the classroom and beyond, and give students an insight into the Peace Corps experience.

How it works

An educator submits a request for a speaker. The Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools program then provides both the educator and the RPCVs with contact information to connect with each other. There is no fee to participate, and no expectation of compensation for the speaker.

Prepare for a visit

Visit the Speakers Match best practices page to prepare for the speaking engagement. The Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools program also offers resources to enrich students’ inter-cultural awareness and communications skills either before or after the speaker's engagement.

I am so happy that Deborah came to the class. She is a dynamic and effective speaker. She came prepared with videos and slideshows and showed an innate ability to speak with and engage my admittedly reluctant audience. I can't wait to hopefully have her come again.

- Brian Episcopo, high school teacher, Texas