Peace Corps Week Video Challenge

The 2017 Peace Corps Week theme is Highlighting Hospitality: How does your Peace Corps Country Make People Feel Welcome?

We are challenging Volunteers and returned Volunteers to support the Third Goal of Peace Corps and teach Americans about their host cultures through a 2-minute video that captures traditions of hospitality and welcome in their host culture. 

2017 Peace Corps Week Video Challenge

Past Winners

2016 - Paraguay
Theme: Highlighting Happiness
2015 - The Gambia
Theme: Host Country Heroes
2014 - Kyrgyz Republic
Theme: Cultural Windows

How to Enter

  1. Create a video shot in 720p.
  2. Upload your video to the internet (i.e., YouTube, Vimeo, etc.).
    • When uploading videos to an internet site, the videos must be accompanied by a brief description, your country and years of service, and the following sentence: "This video was submitted for consideration in the 2017 Peace Corps Week Video Contest, 'Highlighting Hospitality'".
    • You are encouraged to caption your video to make it accessible for viewers. If you cannot caption your video, please send a transcript to
  3. Submit the contest entry form by Feb 10, 2017, 12:00pm EST.

Submission Guidelines

  • Participants must have taken the Peace Corps Oath and become Peace Corps Volunteers.
  • Videos must not include the Peace Corps logo or the Peace Corps seal.
  • Participants may submit multiple videos.
  • Videos must not exceed 2 minutes in length.
  • Videos must be captioned or transcripts must be submitted to
  • Videos containing copyrighted material such as music or graphics will not be considered.
  • Videos must not include any personal identifying information such as first or last names of individual subjects, village names, street addresses, email addresses, Social Security numbers, or phone numbers.
  • Approval from Peace Corps Country Directors will be secured by the Office of Third Goal for all finalists prior to the public voting round.
  • All finalists will be requested to provide the Peace Corps with the right to display their videos on Peace Corps' website, social media, and at RPCV and RPCV Group events.
  • Make sure you can demonstrate that you have secured permission from anyone in your video to share their image publicly.


The videos that meet all submission guidelines and are scored highest based on contest judging criteria will become finalists and move forward to the public voting round. Peace Corps will select up to 19 finalists. Finalists will be notified by February 17 and provided further instructions. Finalist videos will be presented for public viewing and voting on Peace Corps' Facebook page from February 17-21, 2017. The top prizes will be determined for the videos with the highest combined judges’ scores - including the most "likes" on Facebook as of 12pm EST on February 21, 2017. Winners will be announced during Peace Corps Week, February 26 – March 4, 2017.

Contest Judging Criteria for Finalists and Awards

  • Promotion of cultural understanding: 40%
  • Incorporation of the theme : 20%
  • Compelling, creative, video: 10%
  • Quality of video production: 10%
  • Facebook vote: 20%


Grand Prize Award – The video that receives the highest score based upon the judging criteria above will be recognized as the overall winner and the filmmaker will receive an iPad, a certificate, and be featured on the Peace Corps website. 

People’s Choice Award - The video entry that receives the most Facebook "likes" will be recognized and the filmmaker will receive a certificate.

RPCV Award - The RPCV video that scores the highest based upon the above judging criteria will be recognized and the filmmaker will receive a certificate. 

The winners' videos will be shown on Peace Corps' social media channels and be featured in a film screening during Peace Corps Week. 


Check out our video production toolkit to support your video creation.