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 $375 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.
You will receive a monthly in-country living allowance that you will use to pay for expenses as a volunteer. You will also be accruing a monthly readjustment allowance which you will receive as a lump sum when you have completed your service.
There may be various challenges to maintaining your diet in many of the countries where Volunteers serve, including cultural norms and limited availability. Visit Countries to select a country where you want to serve and read more about Food and Diet in the Preparing to Volunteer section in each country. You can also contact a recruiter to learn more.
Minor children are not permitted to accompany Peace Corps Volunteers. If you have dependent children, you must ensure that adequate arrangements have been made for their care and support during your Peace Corps service.
Yes. The Peace Corps accepts unmarried couples in committed domestic partnerships. Couples who have been in a committed relationship for at least a year before they begin service are better able to adapt to the challenges of the Peace Corps. Unmarried couples seeking to serve as a couple must attest to their committed domestic partner relationship as part of their applications.
See more information on how to apply as a couple.
Log into the applicant portal and navigate to your application status page.
You can submit one application at a time, either for a specific position or to be considered for programs where you are needed most. You can also apply again for future programs if you are not selected for the position to which you applied. Search Volunteer Openings for Volunteer opportunities available now.
Peace Corps Response (PCR) applicants can have up to three active applications at the same time. If you are interested in both PCR and the Peace Corps Volunteer program, you can have three PCR applications and one Peace Corps Volunteer program application active at the same time.
Log into your applicant portal and navigate to the email history page. There, you'll see the next task you need to complete.
Email the respective contact for the activity or form you have a question about. If there isn't a specific contact email, send your question to [email protected].
Click on the “Help” tab in the applicant portal, or send an email describing your exact technical difficulties to [email protected]
Use the Reset Your Password link, just below the entry field for your login and password. You will need your username (your email address) and your candidate reference number to reset your password.
Couples are accepted in Peace Corps service programs. However, placement options and application time may vary for each. To place a couple we must first identify specific communities that can accommodate couples with adequate work to support two Volunteers, then match that couple with communities that have requested their skill combination. For these reasons, it is more difficult to find assignments and placement generally takes longer for couples than for individuals.
- Peace Corps Volunteer: Couples should search for openings in the same country that match both of their skill sets and that accept couples. Couples need to submit individual applications and, in the application, indicate that they are applying to serve with their spouse/domestic partner. Couples should submit their applications at the same time.
- Peace Corps Response: Couples can serve together, but must apply to individual job postings separately.
Contact a recruiter for more information.
If you attempt to login unsuccessfully more than six times, your account will be locked and you will need to email [email protected] to have it unlocked. When contacting us, include your name and your seven-digit candidate reference number. Don't forget to make sure you are using the correct email address. If you have a different email address than the one on your resume, try that one as well.
The Peace Corps Partnership Program (PCPP) connects Volunteers and their communities with the private sector in the U.S. and around the world in order to fund community initiated and led projects.
Volunteers and their communities are invited to submit proposals to PCPP to obtain funding in support of these projects. In order to receive project funding through PCPP, the community must make a 25% contribution to the total project cost and outline how the project will remain sustainable after funding has ended. The Peace Corps then posts the project online to raise the approved amount of funds.
PCPP is a proven mechanism for supporting small community-based grants. Over the past ten years, PCPP has funded over 7,200 Volunteer projects in nearly every sector, totaling more than 19.8 million dollars in grant funds. Last year alone, PCPP funded 930 projects in 57 countries, touching the lives of 1.5 million people across the globe.
Every penny! Your entire donation to the Peace Corps Partnership Program (PCPP) will be directed to a Volunteer project. No part of your donation will be used to cover staff or overhead costs, as the PCPP office is supported by congressionally appropriated funds to the Peace Corps.
Yes. All donations to the Peace Corps are gifts to the United States for exclusively public purposes within the meaning of section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code and are deductible as charitable contributions under section 170(a). After a donation is made, a thank you letter will be sent, stating the amount of the donation, which can be used as a tax receipt. The name on the tax receipt will reflect the name submitted when making the donation.
Peace Corps’ tax identification number is 52-1240194.
Yes. After a donation is made, a thank you letter will be sent, stating the amount of the donation, which can be used as a tax receipt. The name on the tax receipt will reflect the name submitted when making the donation.
The website allows you to explore and search for projects in a number of ways. If you would like to find a project being implemented by a specific volunteer, you can sort by a Volunteer’s last name or by a Volunteer’s home state. If you would like to search for a particular project, you can search by project country or project issue.
Additionally, there is a keyword search option that can be used to find projects by typing in words associated with a project.
There are a couple reasons a project may not appear on the website. Occasionally, projects have not yet been received by Peace Corps Headquarters and are not yet fundraising. In other cases, projects may have already reached their fundraising goals and have been taken off the website.
If a project is not on the website or if you need any additional information, please e-mail us at [email protected] or call our office at 855.855.1961 x2170.
After a project has been fully funded, Peace Corps staff work with the Peace Corps Budget Office to transfer the funds to the Volunteer. The entire process can take two to three weeks.
Projects are only able to fundraise online up to the amount that a Volunteer requests. Donations made by mail after a project has reached its fundraising goal will be handled on a case by case basis.
The Global Fund allows donors to support the Peace Corps Partnership Program if they do not have a specific project, country, or issue in mind. The Peace Corps' Global Fund provides vital support to Peace Corps Volunteers and their communities as they engage in impactful projects around the world.
Issue funds allow donors to support Peace Corps Partnership Program projects worldwide that address specific issues, such as Agriculture, Health and HIV/AIDS, or Information and Communication Technology. Donations to issue funds are applied to projects that address the corresponding issue on a weekly basis by the Office of Gifts and Grants Management. You can learn more about the types of projects each issue fund supports on the funds’ individual webpages.
Country funds allow donors to support PCPP projects in a particular country. Every active Peace Corps Country has a country fund. You can learn more about the types of projects each country fund supports on the funds’ individual webpages.
A Memorial Fund is a special fund established by the Peace Corps at the request of the family of a Volunteer who has passed away during service or of a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer or staff member who has made a lasting impact on the Peace Corps as an agency or has died in distinguished service to the United States. Creating a Memorial Fund allows friends, family, and others to donate to the Peace Corps Partnership Program (PCPP), or any other aspect of the Peace Corps' mission to honor the life and service of a Volunteer, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, or staff member. Your entire donation to a Memorial Fund will directly support PCPP projects and other aspects of the Peace Corps mission that honor the legacy of the Volunteer, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, or staff member.
The Peace Corps Fund was established so that donors could donate to the broader Peace Corps mission. Donations to the Peace Corps Fund are allocated at the discretion of the Director of the Peace Corps and can support any activities, domestic or in countries where Peace Corps Volunteers serve, to further the mission of the Peace Corps.
The Peace Corps Fund can also be used as a mechanism through which Peace Corps posts can accept donations over $10,000. If you have any additional questions, please e-mail us at [email protected] or call our office at 855.855.1961 x2170.
Yes. If you are donating online, please select “I wish to donate in honor or memory of someone” under the Options section on the Giving Checkout page. Here you will be able to note the person you are making the donation in honor of/in memory of. If you would like Peace Corps to send a letter to the person (or family of the person) who you are honoring, please include their name, address, and any message you would like to share.
If you are going to mail a check you may include this information on the donation form. If you are donating over the phone you can provide this information.
Although donating online is the fastest way for Volunteer projects to get funded, you may also donate by phone or mail.
Call the Peace Corps Partnership Program office at 855.855.1961 x2170 to make a donation. We can only accept credit card donations over the phone.
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You can send a check to:
Peace Corps Headquarters
Office of Gifts and Grants Management
1275 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20526
Please make checks payable to “Peace Corps Partnership Program” and complete this donation form. Please also note the Volunteer’s name or fund name in the memo section of the check.
It may take your check up to six weeks to arrive, so it's possible at that point the project will be fully funded. If this occurs, your gift will be contributed toward another approved PCPP project.
In-kind donations to the Peace Corps are considered on a case-by-case basis. All donations must support the mission of the Peace Corps Act and be accepted by the Office of Gifts and Grants Management at Peace Corps Headquarters or by a Country Director. Additionally, Peace Corps should not incur a cost burden when accepting an in-kind donation. If you have a question regarding an in-kind donation, please email [email protected].
The easiest way to make a donation from outside the United States is on our website. Online donations can be made via credit card or ACH. In very rare circumstances, you may encounter issues with address verification. If this happens, you can also make a donation by mail or over the phone. For more information, please see Are there other ways to donate other than online?
If you wish to include the Peace Corps as a beneficiary in your will, we recommend that you include, “Peace Corps, agency of the United States government.” As Peace Corps enters and leaves countries periodically, and as the sectors in which Peace Corps Volunteers serve change, we recommend that bequests be as general as possible (e.g. “supporting Volunteer projects”). If you wish to specify in which sector or country you would like your bequest to be used, we recommend that you include language to allow for any possible changes in Peace Corps programming. For example, “If my bequest cannot be used to support the specific projects I have identified, I authorize the Peace Corps to use the bequest for other activities that further the mission of the Peace Corps.”
If you have any additional questions about bequests, please e-mail us at [email protected] or call our office at 855.855.1961 x2170.
Any unused restricted funds will be redirected to support the Peace Corps’ mission and initiatives.
Our materials are free to use, copy, and distribute without permission. However, you cannot reproduce and sell Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools resources for profit.
Yes, you can serve in the Peace Corps with outstanding financial obligations if the debts can be managed and/or paid in a timely way during service.
You may request an allotment or multiple allotments of up to 75% of your monthly readjustment allowance to make payments on bills during service. These allotments must be paid directly to the company that holds the debt. These allotment payments do not go into effect until you have completed training and have sworn-in as a volunteer, so you will need to plan accordingly. Two months before your departure, you will have the opportunity to set up such allotments, or you can set them up once in-country.
Two months before your departure you will have the opportunity to designate a financial point of contact. This gives Peace Corps the ability to discuss and release financial information to the designated individual while you are serving as a volunteer. However, this is different from a power of attorney. A third party, like a lender, may need you to assign a power of attorney for someone to speak to them on your behalf.
Two months before your departure, you will have the opportunity to download and print certification letters. You can also request certification during service from your in-country staff or you can email [email protected]
Your readjustment allowance and a portion of your monthly in-country living allowance are considered taxable income and W-2 forms will be sent to you in-country. You can file your taxes yourself or have them filed by someone else. Two months before your departure, you will have the option to designate a financial point of contact to whom the Peace Corps would release a copy of your W-2. Consult a tax adviser for additional information.
You are responsible for your student loans during service. Depending on the type of loan you have there may be benefits available to you, including deferment, partial cancellation, income-driven repayment, or forgiveness. Learn more about student loan information.
In some cases, yes. Check with your lender to discuss what will happen with your loans once they are deferred. Volunteers might have to pay interest on unsubsidized loans during service, including Stafford Loans, Federal Consolidation Loans that include unsubsidized loans, and Federal Direct Loans.
Contact your lender to find out when they will accept your application for a deferment. If your lender says you must wait until the grace period expires to send in your application for deferment, wait until that time. Bring the paperwork with you to service and submit at the right time from there, or leave the paperwork with your power of attorney to submit on your behalf.
To renew your loans for deferment, you will need to submit a new deferment application with your loan provider shortly before the deferment expires. This application will also need a certification letter from Peace Corps. You can request this certification letter from your Peace Corps staff in country or by emailing [email protected]
Yes. The Peace Corps accepts same-sex couples. Both you and your partner must apply at the same time and qualify for assignments in the same country. The Peace Corps will only consider you as a couple, and will look to place you at the same site. Because of this, couples sometimes experience longer application periods. Couples who have been in a committed relationship for at least a year before they begin service are better able to adapt to the challenges of the Peace Corps. Unmarried couples seeking to serve as a couple must execute an affidavit attesting to their committed domestic partner relationship as part of their applications. Same-sex couples placements are more limited than heterosexual couple placements.
See more information on how to apply as a couple.
Yes. Speak with a recruiter, who can put you in touch with current or returned LGBTQ Volunters. Additionally, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Peace Corps Alumni offers resources for applicants and prospective Volunteers, including a mentor program, an email listserv, and a quarterly e-newsletter.
Once Volunteers are in-country, Peace Corps staff will provide them with guidance for maintaining their safety and well-being as appropriate. To ensure productive, healthy, and safe experiences for Volunteers, the Peace Corps reviews work and housing sites in advance, collaborates on project development with local communities, and develops and tests plans for responding to emergencies. Field staff also receive training to support same-sex couples that addresses safety and security issues, host family preparation, job assignments, and resources for same-sex couples (including host country LGBT organizations where available). Volunteers also often create formal and informal support groups at their post. Currently, many posts have support groups for LGBT Volunteers, women, and Volunteers of color.
Transgender applicants are required to provide: 1. A social security card; 2. A passport or birth certificate. If your documents have not been updated with your new gender, you will need to submit a physician’s certificate for your passport application validating whether your gender transition is in process or complete. Learn more about requirements for transgender applicants for U.S. passports.
The Peace Corps works to foster safe and productive assignments for same-sex couples. Same-sex couples are not placed in countries where homosexual acts are criminalized.
Communities in different countries respond differently to same-sex couples, and the environment may be different from what you are accustomed. The Peace Corps will provide country-specific information once you are invited to serve, and Peace Corps staff will provide additional information and training once you arrive in-country.
Information about individual experiences can be found on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Returned Peace Corps Volunteers website. For more information, contact a recruiter.
Life After Peace Corps
Returned Volunteers are not eligible for unemployment benefits. The Department of Labor has ruled that individuals enrolled in the Peace Corps are Volunteers who perform services under terms and conditions that do not rise to the legal relationship of employer and employee and, therefore, are not considered in employment covered under Title II of the Emergency Jobs and Unemployment Assistance Act of 1974, Public Law 93-567.88, Stat. 1845.
The SF-50 is a "Notification of Personnel Action," and serves as a permanent record of a federal employee's promotions, pay-grade increases, or other administrative matters. As a Peace Corps Volunteer, you were not a federal employee and therefore do not have an SF-50. You can submit your description of service as a performance appraisal. If you need a copy, log in to the RPCV Portal and submit your request.
Generally, returned Volunteers must have successfully completed a full tour of Peace Corps service to receive this eligibility. Country directors may choose to issue this certification to a Volunteer who, for reasons beyond his or her control, does not complete service, but who has satisfactorily served for a sufficient duration (normally at least 12 months) to demonstrate the capability to serve a full term. Volunteers who resign from Peace Corps service are not eligible for noncompetitive appointment regardless of how long they served.
Peace Corps Response Volunteers who complete 12 months of service in a 24-month period are eligible for noncompetitive eligibility within the Peace Corps. PCR Volunteers who complete two consecutive years of service receive noncompetitive eligibility for agencies outside the Peace Corps.
Learn more about what noncompetitive eligibility is and how it can help you get hired by federal agencies.
OWCP uses a schedule of maximum allowable medical charges. Providers agree to comply with the OWCP medical fee schedule. You do not have to pay the difference between the maximum charge set by the schedule and the charge made by the provider.
The description of service (DOS) completed by you and signed by the country director is considered your job description. If you did not complete a DOS, contact the desk officer for your country of service to initiate the process. If you completed a DOS but have not received a copy, log in to the RPCV Portal and submit your request.
Returned Volunteers are eligible for three months of coverage by a private health insurance called Short-term Health Insurance for Transition and Travel. The Peace Corps pays the first month’s premium for you and you have the option to purchase two additional months for yourself and pay for any qualified dependents. If you have service-related conditions that need an evaluation, your medical officer or the Office of Medical Services at headquarters will provide an authorization form for this evaluation. If an illness or injury was related to your Volunteer service, you may be eligible for benefits under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act through the Department of Labor.
In accordance with the federal regulations of the Peace Corps Act of 1961, treatment of Peace Corps-related medical and dental conditions for Volunteers who have closed service falls under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act as administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP). The Peace Corps does not have the legal authority to pay for or provide health care for returned Volunteers. If you require ongoing medical treatment due to a service-related injury, the Post-Service Unit will assist you in filing a claim for FECA benefits. All entitlement decisions rests with OWCP and not the Peace Corps.
Medical & Health
The Peace Corps provides appropriate and necessary health care to Volunteers during their service. Visit Medical Care During Service to learn more. After service, the Peace Corps pays for one month of health-care coverage under Short-term Health Insurance for Transition and Travel and returned Volunteers may purchase up to two more months of additional coverage. Federal retirees may suspend federal employee health benefits during service. (Talk with your retirement office to ensure that the suspension is done in a way that permits re-enrollment.) For individuals with Medicare, check with your Medicare office to find out if payments will continue to be deducted from your Social Security payment while you serve. You can cancel Medicare Part B (so you don’t have to pay the monthly premiums during your service) and re-enroll without penalty when you return to the U.S., as long as you submit the re-enrollment form prior to your close of service.
It may. Peace Corps Volunteers serve around the world in physically, emotionally, and mentally challenging environments where medical resources and local transportation services may vary significantly from those in the U.S. Each applicant’s medical history is considered individually to ensure Peace Corps is able to safely meet their medical needs in their country of service. To learn more about medical considerations, including conditions that may disqualify a person for Peace Corps service, read Important Medical Information for Applicants. If you apply, you must fully disclose your medical history so Peace Corps can consider your health needs.
The Peace Corps provides some reimbursements toward certain medical expenses incurred during the medical review process: a maximum of $60 for dental exams and X-rays, between $125 and $290 for physical exams (depending on age and gender), and a maximum of $12 for a vision exam.
If it is required for the country of service, yellow fever vaccinations are fully reimbursable. Costs above these amounts are the applicant’s responsibility. We encourage applicants to research for lower cost alternatives (e.g., National Association of Free Clinics, VISION USA, and International College of Dentists).
The medical review will require a dental and physical evaluation, lab work, and selected immunizations. Depending on a person's age and gender, the medical review may also include an ECG, colon cancer screening, Pap smear and/or a mammogram. We require that all necessary dental work be completed (wisdom teeth extracted (if recommended), cavities filled, braces removed) in order to give final clearance to serve abroad. For more information, please go to the Medical Information for Applicants page.
If you have medical questions, please message your nurse through the "Messages" feature in your Medical Portal. Your nurse is the most familiar with your medical history and will be able to give you the best answer. If you are experiencing technical difficulties, please contact the Pre-Service Admin Team by emailing [email protected] or calling 202-692-1504.
No, invitations to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer are contingent on final medical clearance. A nurse will review your health history and your medical considerations and determine if you can be medically cleared. Please respond to all requests for information and activities by any deadlines so that your clearance process is not delayed. Before you are notified of your medical clearance, please do not make big life changes such as quitting your job or selling your home.
Your HHF usually does not expire for one year so if you are applying within a year of submitting it, it may carry over. If you are applying within a year of submitting your HHF and you have medical updates, you may provide them via the Medical Portal.
As for your medical tasks, your medical exams should satisfy your medical clearance requirement as long as you are re-invited to another program that starts within 6 months of the completion date. When you reapply, please contact your nurse for questions regarding your medical clearance status. Since different countries have different medical clearance requirements, we cannot give you more specific guidance on what medical tasks you will need to complete in order to re-enroll.
The best way to submit documents for review is to upload them to your Medical Portal when your tasks have been provided. If you are having a hard time uploading your documents, please check out our Upload Tips [PDF]. If you continue to experience technical difficulties, you may contact us at [email protected] or at 202-692-1504.
It is possible to complete your medical and dental clearance forms abroad. However, the process can be more complicated. Please consider these guidelines when completing your forms:
- All reports and information must be submitted in English by a doctor who writes in English. If you cannot find a doctor who writes in English, you must have the results of your exam translated. Only certified translations will be accepted, and you are responsible for the cost associated with translating the information.
- U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Peace Corps Medical Officers (PCMOs) in Peace Corps countries may be able to make a referral to appropriate physicians or lab facilities for you to complete your tasks. PCMOs are not authorized to perform applicant physical exams due to conflict of interest.
- Just as with domestic applicants, it is your responsibility to proofread all forms in order to ensure accuracy and completeness. All completed exams, lab reports and X-rays can be uploaded into your Medical Portal. If you are having a hard time uploading your documents, please check out our Upload Tips [PDF].
- When using the cost-share form, please convert all costs from foreign currency to U.S. dollars.
Please complete your tasks as soon as possible. If you do not complete your tasks by the deadline, your invitation to serve may be revoked. If you are worried you may not meet your deadline, please message your nurse through the Medical Portal so they can see if an extension is possible. Please note that an extension is not guaranteed.
You may appeal this decision to the Peace Corps by sending a message requesting an appeal through your Medical Portal. Please let us know within 5 calendar days of receiving the decision if you are requesting an appeal. Less than 10% of appeals are reversed and the decision may not occur before your departure date.
Upon receiving your request, an “appeal task” will be posted on your portal. At that time, you will have up to 30 days to upload relevant and new information about your medical condition you would like considered in connection with your appeal. If you do not submit new information by the deadline, your request for an appeal will be withdrawn and your case will be closed.
Please be aware that, even if your appeal is successful with respect to the medical condition for which you were not medically cleared, you may have other medical conditions that we have not yet fully evaluated that might preclude you from being medically cleared for Peace Corps service. Additionally, it is likely that the appeal process will conclude after your scheduled departure date. If this is the case you would have to apply again.
The Peace Corps deeply appreciates your commitment to service. If you are interested in other service options, you may wish to visit www.serve.gov. This website is a comprehensive clearing house of volunteer opportunities to serve across the country and the world. Serve.gov is managed by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Peace Corps Response
You can check your application status at any time by logging into your account and clicking on “Job Submission Status,” then checking the “HR Status” column.
No. There are separate application processes and applicant portals for the two-year program and Peace Corps Response. Visit the Response Openings page to explore and apply to Peace Corps Response opportunities.
If you don't see an opening now that matches your skills, you should continue to monitor open positions, as new opportunities are posted daily. Please subscribe to our mailing list to receive information about featured openings
You will receive a short orientation upon arrival to your country of service. Technical and language training is minimal; it is expected that you already possess the skills needed to successfully complete your assignment.
Assignment extensions are based on the needs of the host partner organization. There's a formal approval process, which is managed by the country director. Visit Peace Corps Response to learn about positions needed now.
Peace Corps Response Volunteers accrue a readjustment allowance of $475 for each month of service completed.
The Peace Corps takes Volunteer safety and security very seriously and every single Volunteer receives extensive training to reduce risks as much as possible. To find out more about the Peace Corps’ approach to safety, check out the Health & Safety section of the website, read Peace Corps' Annual Statistical Report of Crimes Against Volunteers, or review country-specific sections on preparing to volunteer.
Staying in Touch
The National Peace Corps Association is the only organization authorized to sell Peace Corps-branded items. To learn more, visit peacecorpsconnect.org.
All Peace Corps Coverdell fellows are required to complete an internship in an underserved American community within the U.S. Because of the U.S. government's relationship with some other countries, an internship abroad may satisfy the requirement. Go to the Office of Insular Affairs at the Department of the Interior for a list of included jurisdictions.