FAQs

50-plus

Is the applicant medical evaluation process different for older candidates?

The medical evaluation process is the same regardless of an applicant’s age. All applicants undergo a comprehensive medical and dental assessment based on their health history and examinations to determine if their medical needs can be supported in our host countries.

I'm currently receiving Social Security retirement benefits. Will Peace Corps service affect these benefits?

Only the Social Security Administration can determine whether, or how, your benefits will be affected while you serve as a Volunteer. As a Volunteer, both your readjustment allowance (accrued at the rate of $350 per month and paid at the end of service) and a small percentage of your monthly living allowance constitute earnings for Social Security purposes. Social Security and Medicare tax payments are deducted from your monthly readjustment allowance. For more information, visit socialsecurity.gov or call 800.772.1213.

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