Skip to main content
US Flag An official website of the United States government

Connect with the Peace Corps

If you're ready for something bigger, we have a place where you belong.

Follow us

Apply to the Peace Corps

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

Peace Corps Volunteer
2 years, 3 months
Log in/check status
Peace Corps Response
Up to 12 months
Log in/check status
Virtual Service Pilot
3-6 months
Log in/check status

Let us help you find the right position.

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.

Serve where you’re needed most
Virtual Service Pilot

Strengthen University Researchers’ Academic Writing for Publication

Activity/project background

Partner: Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP) (Government)

The Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP) is a Mexican educational institution with a long history and recognition in academia. BUAP was founded on April 15, 1587, making it one of the oldest universities in the Americas. The name "Benemérita" refers to the recognition of its merits and significant contributions to society.

BUAP has outstanding research activities in various disciplines, promoting the generation of knowledge and innovation. It participates in research projects both nationally and internationally, contributing to scientific and technological advancement.

BUAP is requesting a Virtual Service Pilot Participant (VSPP) to support the university’s faculty to develop and practice English language academic research writing skills, specifically through the creation or adaptation of a research writing guide, as well as facilitation of weekly workshops focused on developing and practicing skills in writing and editing.

The organization has not previously collaborated with Peace Corps. They understand that the role of a VSPP is very different than a two-year Volunteer.

Engagement and tasks

The VSPP will engage in the following tasks, in collaboration with their Host Country Partners:

• Conduct a needs assessment to understand the researchers’ needs and interests
• Co-create or adapt an English academic writing guide to be used as part of a series of workshops. The guide may include activities, exercises, examples, and/or additional resources
• Co-design and co-facilitate a series of one hour-long workshops for the purpose of helping researchers acquire the skills needed to review and edit research articles (group size will be approximately 8 researchers with a B2 (intermediate high)-C1 (advance) English level, who will participate by invitation only)
• Create a digital folder containing workshop session plans and materials
• Participate in weekly planning and feedback meetings

VSPPs are expected to engage on the tasks listed above for an estimated 5-15 hours per week. This engagement is estimated to be 10-15 hours (5-6 hours online each week working with counterparts or in workshops).

Online collaboration will generally occur between 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Mexico City time. Specific times will be determined during orientation.

The Host Country Counterpart will have access to Internet, email, WhatsApp, and Google Meet for regular communication and collaboration.

Per the Child Protection Code of Conduct, when engaging online with minors (0-18), two adults must be present.

Optional additional activities

The Peace Corps mission is to promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:

  1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
  2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
  3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Goal 1 will be achieved through the VSPP's engagement and completion of the above tasks. The counterpart and VSPP may also choose to identify an activity that aligns with Goal 2. Additionally, the VSPP may identify a Goal 3 activity to implement during their engagement. See recommendations and tools for Goal 3 activities.

Essential qualifications

Education: Master’s degree in any field

Experience: Experience writing and publishing research papers

Intercultural skills and motivation: Flexible, strong cross-cultural agility, high tolerance for ambiguity, able to work independently, resourceful, creative, and genuinely motivated and capable to serve virtually

Desired qualifications

Education: Doctorate in any field

Language: Basic Spanish

• Experience with virtual engagement and communication
• Experience proofreading and editing papers for journal publication
• Experience facilitating workshops or teaching at a graduate level

Terms and conditions of engagement

VSPPs will be engaging with the host country partner, in coordination with Peace Corps post staff, remotely from the US. They should have access to a computer, internet, and telephone in order to enable direct engagement with the Peace Corps overseas office and the Host Country Counterpart assigned by the host country partner.

Orientation with the host country partner will be provided, within the designated virtual service hours, during the first week of virtual service via an online presentation and discussion. The host country partner will provide an overview of its organization, the local context, and how they envision collaborating with the VSPP.

The VSPP will have regular check-ins with their counterpart and bi-weekly check-ins with Peace Corps staff. Spending unstructured time with counterparts can be critical to relationship-building and is encouraged through activities such as coffee chats and informal calls within the weekly 5-15 hours.

Engagement safety and security

The VSPP will receive an orientation on Peace Corps’ Child Protection Policy and how it relates to online engagement along with IT security best practices. The VSPP will be expected to follow safety and security guidelines for online engagement to ensure their safety and that of the Host Country Partner and their counterpart, and any beneficiaries of the engagement.

Supervision requirements

The VSPP will report to a designated Peace Corps staff member. The VSPP will be expected to abide by the Virtual Service Pilot Participant and Donation Agreement and Participant Principles of Engagement. The VSPP will also be expected to check in with the designated host country counterpart as assigned by the host county partner.

Does this sound like the virtual engagement for you?
Get started on your journey.