Although Peace Corps has temporarily suspended all of our programs abroad we hope to reopen them as soon as the situation allows. We are actively recruiting for 42 programs that start between January and March next year.
The immersive Volunteer experience
The Peace Corps two-year program is often called life-defining by the more than 220,000 Americans who have served. Get the chance to fully integrate into a host country community, where you will live and work on projects ranging from education to business development.
Find your passion project
Peace Corps service can be the first step toward a career or the continuation of a life’s work. Sharpen your skills in a field you’ve always loved, or challenge yourself with a new opportunity. Volunteers go to work every day excited by the opportunity to make change. Here’s what they do.
Agriculture: Lead grassroots efforts to fight hunger
Agriculture Volunteers work with small-scale farmers and families to increase food security and production and adapt to climate change while promoting environmental conservation.
They introduce farmers to techniques that prevent soil erosion, reduce the use of harmful pesticides, and replenish the soil. They work alongside farmers on integrated projects that often combine vegetable gardening, livestock management, agroforestry, and nutrition education.
Community Economic Development: Help communities lift themselves
Volunteers work with development banks, nongovernmental organizations, and municipalities to encourage economic opportunities in communities. They frequently teach in classroom settings and work with entrepreneurs and business owners to develop and market their products.
Some Volunteers also teach basic computer skills and help communities take advantage of technologies that connect them to the global marketplace.
Education: Teach lessons that last a lifetime
Education is the Peace Corps’ largest program area. Volunteers play an important role in creating links among schools, parents, and communities. They may work in elementary, secondary, or post secondary schools, teaching subjects such as math, science, or conversational English; or as resource teachers or teacher trainers. Volunteers also develop libraries and technology resource centers.
You can earn your Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate through the Peace Corps. Learn more about the TEFL certificate program [PDF].
Environment: Forge a global movement to protect our planet
Volunteers lead grassroots efforts to protect the environment and strengthen understanding of environmental issues. They teach environmental awareness in schools and to local organizations, empowering communities to make their own decisions about how to conserve the local environment.
Volunteers also address environmental degradation by promoting sustainable use of natural resources.
Health: Build healthy global communities
Health Volunteers work within their communities to promote important topics such as nutrition, maternal and child health, basic hygiene, and water sanitation.
Volunteers also work in HIV/AIDS education and prevention programs, where they train youth as peer educators, provide support to children orphaned by the disease, and create programs that provide emotional and financial support to families and communities affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Youth in Development: Empower the next generation of leaders
Volunteers work with youth in communities to promote engagement and active citizenship, including gender awareness, employability, health and HIV/AIDS education, environmental awareness, sports and fitness programs, and information technology.
· Certain public student loans may be eligible for deferment or for Public Service Loan Forgiveness by your lender
· Perkins loans may be eligible for partial cancellation by your lender
· A “readjustment” allowance of more than $8,000 (pre-tax) upon completion of service
· Language, cross-cultural, and technical training
· Travel to and from country of service
· A monthly living and housing allowance
· Full medical and dental coverage
· 48 paid vacation days
· Unique graduate school opportunities
· Leave for family emergencies
· Transition and job support and social networking after service
· Advantages in federal employment
· Opportunities for short-term assignments through Peace Corps Response
· No fee to participate