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The application process begins by selecting a service model and finding an open position.

Peace Corps Volunteer
2 years, 3 months
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Peace Corps Response
Up to 12 months
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Virtual Service Pilot
3-6 months
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If you are flexible in where you serve for the two-year Peace Corps Volunteer program, our experts can match you with a position and country based on your experience and preferences.

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Benefits and Training with the Peace Corps

Benefits and Training

While serving others with the Peace Corps, you will gain benefits that last through your service and beyond.

Benefits right now and support after service

The Peace Corps asks a lot of you, so we offer benefits and training to help you succeed—before, during, and after service.

Career advancement

Volunteers have opportunities to gain professional skills, helping to make you highly in demand by corporate, nonprofit, and government employers seeking candidates with the experience required in today’s global economy.

Advantages in federal employment include hiring benefits related to noncompetitive eligibility. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers have gone on to successful careers in diverse fields, from international development to business to the arts.

Training and ongoing learning

Peace Corps Volunteers serving for two years attend a training program that includes an intensive pre-service training, in-service trainings, and a close of service conference.

Throughout overseas service, Volunteers receive ongoing self-directed and guided learning experiences to develop and adapt core and technical competencies required of successful service.

Student loan assistance

Volunteers are eligible for the U.S. Department of Education Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

Several federal programs and private loans may also qualify for further deferment or forgiveness. Ask your lender about your specific loan details and learn more about Peace Corps service can help.

Returned Volunteer community

Join a global community of hundreds of thousands of like-minded alumni who are passionate about serving others and helping to improve communities. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers receive access to special career benefits and resources.

Graduate school benefits

The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program offers financial support to Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who want to pursue graduate studies.

Living allowances and transition benefits

Peace Corps Volunteers and Peace Corps Response Volunteers receive a monthly allowance during service and readjustment allowances to prepare for life after service.

The specific amount of the living allowance varies by country and is determined by a number of factors. However, it always covers the cost of a modest lifestyle.

Medical and dental coverage

The Peace Corps provides necessary and appropriate health care to Volunteers and Response Volunteers.

We cover your medical and dental care expenses during your pre-service training, during service, and while you’re on vacation during service.

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