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The application process begins by selecting a service model and finding an open position.

Peace Corps Volunteer
2 years, 3 months
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Peace Corps Response
Up to 12 months
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Virtual Service Pilot
3-6 months
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If you are flexible in where you serve for the two-year Peace Corps Volunteer program, our experts can match you with a position and country based on your experience and preferences.

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Preparing to Depart

Before you can begin your service journey, you will need to complete a pre-departure process over the next few months. Staying on top of these tasks is critical so don’t delay.

Peace Corps pre-departure process

After you’ve been conditionally invited to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer or a Response Volunteer, we recommend starting these pre-departure tasks immediately. The following information will help prepare you to depart for service.

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Watch an overview video that explains the must-dos before departing for service.

Immediately after conditional invitation

You’ll receive an email introduction from your Country Desk Officer with key next steps that will need attention including, but not limited to:

  • Complete your medical clearance tasks. Note that more tasks may be added, so keep an eye out for these emails.
  • Initiate your legal clearance once you receive an LEG Legal Clearance Process email by submitting your background check form and fingerprint cards.
  • Apply for a Peace Corps passport (no-fee U.S. passport), even if you already hold a personal passport
  • Submit your visa application (if applicable)

3 months prior to departure

  • Submit your aspiration statement and headshot
  • Update your resume (if applicable)
  • Contact your student loan lender about meeting your obligations

2 months prior to departure

Complete online onboarding tasks:

  • Provide emergency contact information
  • Set up your direct deposit
  • Submit a student loan certification

45 days prior to departure

Complete required online training courses in our LearningSpace Portal, including:

  • Core Expectations for Peace Corps Volunteers
  • Safety and Security Orientation

Pro tip: There are other steps to complete within a month of your departure. See Staging and Departure for more information.

Download the Pre-Departure Checklist

Invited to serve as a Virtual Service Pilot Participant?

During your first week of participation, you’ll meet virtually with Peace Corps staff working in your host country to learn about the culture and project objectives, meet your host country partner, and plan your collaborative approach.