Peace Corps

Open to: U.S. citizens over 18
Deadline: no deadline
Duration: 27 months of training and service


Peace Corps service is a life-defining leadership experience. Since 1961, the Peace Corps has shared with the world America’s most precious resource – its people. Volunteers serve in 77 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, and the Middle East. Peace Corps Volunteers live, learn, and work with a community overseas for 27 months, providing technical assistance in six program areas: education, youth and community development, health, business and information and communications technology, agriculture, and environment.

Peace Corps provides Volunteers with language, cross-cultural, and technical training.

Peace Corps – A Legacy at Home and Abroad

What Do Volunteers Do?

The type of work a Volunteer does is ultimately determined by the needs of a host country and the potential of a Volunteer to contribute to those needs and to the Peace Corps’ mission. There are a wide variety of Volunteer positions to fill throughout the world; however, nearly all Volunteers fall under one of the general categories :

Youth & Community Development
Business and Information & Communication Technology
Food Security
Earth Day

Where Do Volunteers Go?

Volunteers serve in 77 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, and the Middle East.

Application Process

On average, the application to invitation process takes from six to 12 months to complete, but can take longer in certain cases. This is due to a number of factors, including turnaround time for reference checks, medical evaluation, determining applicant suitability for assignments, etc.  After receiving an invitation, most people depart for their country assignment within two to three months.

Application process consists of following six steps:

  1. Application
  2. Interview
  3. Nomination
  4. Invitation
  5. Preparation for Departure

Basic Eligibility

In order to serve in the Peace Corps, you must be over age 18 and be a U.S. citizen. Non-citizens may not serve in the Peace Corps.

For more information visit Official Peace Corps website

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