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 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 traditions of hospitality and welcome in their host culture. 

Past Winners

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


The videos that met all submission guidelines and are scored highest based on contest judging criteria became finalists and advanced 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 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.

If you missed the submission deadline of Feb 10, 12 .P.M EST, you will not be considered for the next round of the contest, but we would love to see your video! Please email

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 next video creation.