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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 During Service

Volunteers receive training, housing, a living allowance, and medical and dental support. We also cover travel costs to and from the United States to the Volunteer’s country of service at the start and end of service.

Benefits of joining the Peace Corps

While you serve others, you will be gaining benefits that last through your service and well beyond.

Training

After pre-service training and throughout their service, Peace Corps Volunteers take part in additional learning experiences.

Living allowance

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

The specific amount of the living allowance varies by country and is determined by a number of factors.

Vacation time

Volunteers accrue two vacation days per month of overseas service plus any of your host country’s holidays. Many use this time to travel to nearby countries.

Medical and dental coverage

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

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Benefits of serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer

During your service, we give you a monthly living allowance, vacation time, necessary and appropriate medical and dental care coverage, student loan assistance, and more.

Training

Training during service includes guided and independent learning, as well as facilitated group-based in-service trainings (ISTs). Volunteers are required to participate in the ISTs, which are 2-5 day learning experiences facilitated by Peace Corps staff. Number of trainings may vary from post but the first will take place approximately three months into service and the last approximately three months prior to the end of service.

Monthly living allowance

As a Volunteer, housing costs are covered, and you’ll receive a monthly living allowance. The amount varies and reflects the cost of living within your new community. It will afford you a modest lifestyle and cover the costs of food, household supplies, communication, clothing, local transportation, and minor discretionary spending.

Travel benefits

We take care of the transportation to get you to and from your host country at the start and completion of your service.

Medical and dental coverage

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

Vacation time

You accrue two vacation days per month of service plus any of your host country’s holidays. Many use this time to travel to nearby countries.

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.

Health and safety

In all the countries where we serve, we have dedicated medical and safety and security staff to provide you with health and safety services.

The Offices of Safety and Security, and Health Services, which are based in Washington, D.C., also support the needs of Volunteers.

Medical evacuation

In the case of a health problem that cannot be treated in your host country, we will send you to a nearby country or the U.S. for treatment at no cost to you.