Director's Welcome

Parmer Heacox, Country Director for Peace Corps Peru
Parmer Heacox, Country Director for Peace Corps Peru

Dear prospective Volunteers, Returned PCVs, friends and family,

Welcome to the Peace Corps Peru webpage! We hope that you find here, information and inspiration to support us and join us as we carry out the mission of the Peace Corps: World Peace and Friendship.

I would like to share a little bit about us.

Peace Corps Volunteers in Peru, our primary resource, play the role of community development facilitators with the primary goal of developing the capacity of community partners to become, themselves, community development facilitators and agents of change.

Our Volunteers are, in their majority, generalist Volunteers with college degrees who undergo 12 weeks of intensive training prior to beginning their service. They reflect our country’s diversity and represent the best and brightest that the United States has to offer. Volunteers serve the people of Peru for two years. Additionally, we recruit experienced Peace Corps Response Volunteers who serve in targeted professional placements for one year. Volunteers in Peru carry out their roles as community development facilitators through five project areas: 

Community Health, Water and Sanitation, Community Economic Development, Youth Development and Environment Awareness.

Peace Corps Peru’s development strategy strives toward measurable and sustainable development impact with realistic project goals, objectives and indicators that align with the development goals of Peru. Volunteers work hand in hand with local counterparts at multiple levels in eight regions of the country. The success of their work is contingent upon their integration into the communities they serve. They live with local families who become their cultural guides and gateway to the community. Volunteers share in local culture, celebrations and even hardships, fully immersed in a two year experience that impacts the community they serve as well as their own future as informed and engaged global citizens.

Peace Corps Peru staff is composed of highly skilled, innovative and empowered professionals who are dedicated to the development of their country and provide the best possible support to Volunteers. As development workers, programmers, planners, cultural guides, health care providers, coaches, champions of safety and security, trainers, administrators, drivers and a myriad of related roles, they create and sustain an environment where leadership is understood as a means to help others grow.

Peace Corps Peru is a learning organization that embraces change and is inclusive in nature, welcoming diversity and testing new ideas to meet the needs and demands of changing times.

I hope, as you learn more about us, that the seed of Volunteerism will sprout within you, that you will support our mission, and that some of you will join us here in Peru or other Peace Corps posts. We look forward to working with you as you start that journey.

Parmer Heacox
Country Director