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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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Peace Corps Volunteer

Peace Corps Volunteer

When you serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer, you’ll travel to a different country and collaborate with members of your new community to create a positive impact on people’s lives—now and for generations to come.

Immersive and collaborative service abroad

This is the life-changing Volunteer experience you’ve heard about.

As a Volunteer, you will live and work side-by-side with community members on locally prioritized projects, receiving a living allowance and other support as you immerse yourself in a new experience.

The basics

If you’re ready to go the distance to make a difference, we have a place where you belong.

  • Service assignments last for 2 years plus 3 months of training
  • Choose from opportunities in six sectors and nearly 60 countries
  • Build relationships
  • Exchange cultures and knowledge
  • Be humble, flexible, and ready to work
  • Help transform lives for generations

Eligibility

Who can serve in the Peace Corps?

Recent college graduates, working professionals, and retirees are all welcome to apply to the Peace Corps —you just need to be a U.S. citizen who is least 18 years old.

Do I need a college degree to serve?

Some Peace Corps Volunteer opportunities are open to people with a combination of job experience and education, while most opportunities require a four-year degree.


Benefits and training

Are there benefits for Peace Corps Volunteers?

Absolutely! As a Volunteer, housing costs are covered, and you receive a monthly living allowance. In addition, your medical and dental care is covered, you earn vacation time, and you have access to student loan benefits. Training in many areas is provided prior to and during service. After your service is complete, you will receive $10,000+ as a readjustment allowance as well as enjoy graduate school benefits and federal hiring advantages.

How much do Peace Corps Volunteers get paid?

As a Volunteer, housing costs are covered and you’ll receive a monthly living allowance that covers food, household supplies, communication costs, clothing, local transportation, and incidental expenses. The amount will vary based on your location—it will be enough for you to live a modest yet comfortable lifestyle within your new community.

What kind of training do Volunteers get?

Volunteers undergo three months of pre-service training across a range of relevant areas: technical skills, language training, health and wellness, safety and security, intercultural competency, and diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. There are additional trainings required during service, giving Volunteers the opportunity to further increase their knowledge.


Application

How do I join the Peace Corps?

You can browse Volunteer Openings and apply directly to a position that interests you, or you can apply to serve where you’re needed most. Either way, it’s a good idea to connect with a Peace Corps recruiter early to find the best fit for your skills and interests.

How long does the application process take?

The online application takes about an hour to fill out. Being thorough and detailed when you complete your application helps us review it as quickly as possible.


Day-to-day life

What is housing like?

After pre-service training, you’ll be assigned to a site in your host country, and we’ll find you a place to live. Depending on the location of service, you may live with a host family or alone, in a city apartment, a house, or even in a yurt! We carefully vet the location to make sure it meets standards for safety and provides for your basic needs.

What are the food options?

Food options vary drastically depending on the country of service. Some communities may have a meat-heavy diet, while others may rely more on fruits and vegetables. You may have to modify your diet to what is available or be flexible to respect cultural norms. If you have religious or other dietary needs, connect with a Peace Corps recruiter to discuss strategies for adapting to potential dietary challenges.

Can couples serve together?

At the Peace Corps, we welcome couples of all sexual orientations and gender identities. You do not need to be married to serve together! However, each person must apply for a separate position and be assessed individually and as part of the couple. Compared to individual applicants, couples’ placement options and application timing may vary.


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    Opportunities are available for individuals with a combination of job experience and education, though some opportunities require a four-year degree.

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