Peace Corps Week Video Challenge

The 2018 Peace Corps Week theme is Highlighting Home: What does home, family, and community look like in your Peace Corps country?

We challenged 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 the host families, faces, and places that Volunteers call home during service. Congratulations to all of the 2018 Peace Corps Week video challenge finalists! Votes have been tallied, and the top five places will be announced daily on social media from February 26-March 2.

Past Winners

2017 - Senegal
Theme: Highlighting Hospitality
2016 - Paraguay
Theme: Highlighting Happiness
2015 - The Gambia
Theme: Host Country Heroes

How to enter

  • Create a video shot in 720p
  • 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 2018 Peace Corps Week Video Contest, 'Highlighting Home'".
  • You are encouraged to caption your video to make it accessible for viewers.  If you are chosen as a finalist, you will be required to send a transcript of the video to [email protected].
  • Submit the contest entry form by Feb 1, 2018, 12:00 P.M. EST.


The videos that meet all submission guidelines and are scored highest based on contest judging criteria will become finalists and advance to the public voting round. Peace Corps will select up to 19 finalists. Finalist videos will be presented for public viewing and voting on Peace Corps' Facebook page from February 16-20, 2018. 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 20, 2018. Winners will be announced during Peace Corps Week, February 25 – March 3, 2018.

The video submission deadline is February 1, 2018, at 12 P.M. EST. Videos received after the deadline will not be eligible to win.

Judging Criteria

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

In order to be considered, all video submissions must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • All children and adults must be fully clothed.
  • Videos should represent the people we serve with respect and dignity.
  • Secure permission from the subjects of your videos or, if the subjects are minors, from their parent or guardian.

Footage cannot contain:

  • Drug use, smoking or alcohol
  • Weapons
  • Volunteers engaged in dangerous or illegal activities
  • Brands and logos
  • Volunteers breaking Peace Corps rules (such as riding a bicycle without a helmet)
  • Copyrighted materials, including music, images, videos, etc.

Finalists and Awards

Finalists will be notified via email on February 12, 2018. Finalists will be required to complete a media authorization release, obtain Country Director approval, and submit a transcript of the video.

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 next video creation.