FAQs

Applying

Are there any costs associated with applying to the Peace Corps?

There is no application fee to apply to the Peace Corps. However, there is cost associated with some mandatory medical screening visits. Eligible expenses incurred during the medical clearance process are now fully reimbursable. See detailed information on medical reimbursements.

Once invited to serve, there are no fees associated with service. Costs for visas, passports, and plane tickets are covered by the Peace Corps for invited candidates or Peace Corps Volunteers.

Do I need a college degree?

Opportunities are available for individuals with a combination of job experience and education, though some opportunities require a four-year degree.

Do I need to speak a foreign language?

Language requirements vary by job opportunity and country. Overall, a willingness to learn new languages is an important trait for a Peace Corps Volunteer no matter where they serve. Search our Volunteer Openings for specific requirements.

How do I check the status of my Peace Corps application?

Log in to the applicant portal and navigate to your application status page.

How many active applications can I have?

You can submit one application to become a two-year Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) at a time, either for a specific position or to be considered for programs where you are needed most. If you are not selected for your current application you can apply again for future programs when the time is best for you. Search Volunteer Openings for Volunteer opportunities available now.

Peace Corps Response (PCR) applicants can have up to three active applications at a time. If you are interested in both PCR and the two-year Volunteer program, you can have three PCR applications and one PCV program application active at the same time.

I accidentally deleted or lost an email communication directing me to the next step in the application process. How do I find what I need to do?

Log in to your applicant portal and navigate to the email history page. There, you'll see the next task you need to complete.

I have a question about a task in the Onboarding Portal.

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]

I'm having technical difficulties completing my application. What do I do?

Click on the “Help” tab in the applicant portal, or send an email describing your exact technical difficulties to [email protected]

Is there an age limit to serving in the Peace Corps?

You must be a minimum of 18 years old to serve, but there is no upper age limit.

I've logged into my Medical Portal before, but I forgot my password.

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. 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.