Virtual Service Pilot

Expanding opportunities for service

We are excited to offer this chance to connect Returned Peace Corps Volunteers with Peace Corps host countries.
Open to Returned Peace Corps Volunteers only.
Collaborate virtually with Host Country Counterparts.
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Peace Corps Virtual Service Pilot

The Virtual Service Pilot is a distinct opportunity. Participants are private citizens who donate their time by engaging virtually to contribute to the mission of the Peace Corps.

Participants spend 5-15 hours per week collaborating with Host Country Counterparts on tasks and advancing the mission of the Peace Corps through meaningful virtual engagement.

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"We get to engage with partners that normally don't qualify for the two-year Volunteer."
Keisha C.
Post staff
"The children were super excited and not shy at all [when our in-person Volunteer arrived], because they all overcame it when we had online Virtual Service lessons."
Tijana Z.
"The thing about Virtual Service is that it gives you the opportunity to do something that is very tailored and very specific to what your skills are."
Amir B.
Virtual Service Participant
"Service offers the opportunity for connection and mutual learning; Virtual Service is no different."
Nick D.
Virtual Service Participant
"Engaging once again with the Nepali language and culture can only be described as a treasure."
Aly M.
Virtual Service Participant
"It expands your connections – we're friends now with people we weren't friends with before."
Clint K.
Virtual Service Participant
"I am thankful for the amazing technology that has reunited me with the people of Ecuador. It has been a privilege to reconnect with such talented educators on various projects."
Beverly H.
Virtual Service Participant
"Many of us initially doubted Virtual Service, but it's bearing really good fruits and we can see it."
Evelina K.
Post staff
"It's been a wonderful experience and I have nothing but good things to say about the collaboration."
Paul S.
Costa Rica
"The most rewarding part about working with the partner was the ability to reconnect with the culture."
Aimee D.
Virtual Service Participant
"Virtual Service is very effective – it allows [RPCVs] to be active with communities all around the world, without having to leave their homes."
Jim D.
Virtual Service Participant
South Africa
"[Participants] have a drive to serve and a lot of them aren't able to serve in person. Virtual Service allows them to build a bridge with communities in host countries around the world."
Alan Y.
Post staff
"This was our first [Peace Corps] experience. We got used to the technology and it was an effective engagement."
Joel B.
"What could enhance my life more than this?"
Peggy W.
Virtual Service Participant
"When you only work with local people, your thinking will be the same. But someone from a different country… they have a different perspective."
Mpendulo S.
"I highly recommend Virtual Service to just about anyone. It is refreshing to use your tools, your skills, perspective, and judgment on something that has a huge impact."
Chris J.
Virtual Service Participant
"It's like fireworks. It totally fills your soul."
Briony S.
Virtual Service Participant
"It was an opportunity to learn something myself."
Cindy M.
Virtual Service Participant
"It gives us the opportunity to reach and integrate communities that we would not otherwise be able to [reach]."
Audrey A.

Virtual service has shown how powerful human connections are - even those made over great distances and many time zones - and how much can be accomplished when we challenge the status quo.

Peace Corps Director Carol Spahn

Frequently asked questions

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The Peace Corps Virtual Service Pilot (VSP) is a virtual service opportunity whereby Virtual Service …

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Virtual service engagements are between 12-27 weeks long, depending on the request of the Host …

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No. Virtual service is distinct from Peace Corps Volunteer service and Peace Corps Response service. …

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Many Returned Peace Corps Volunteers choose to serve again - either as a two-year volunteer or as part of our shorter Response program. Support communities whether you serve virtually or in-person.

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