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Applying to the Peace Corps is straight forward. The online application--the first step in becoming a Volunteer--takes about one hour to complete, NOT including the time it takes to prepare a resume and write a 500 word motivation statement. The resume and motivation statement must be attached to the completed online questionnaire as part of the initial application submission. For more information about the assessment process, see What does it take to get a Peace Corps invitation?, a recent article written by a placement officer.
Take time with both your resume and motivation statement. Tailor your resume to the position being sought, making sure it addresses the required and desired skills, and any language requirements. Since Peace Corps values quantifiable volunteer experience and hobbies related to the position being sought, include both on your resume. Two or more page resumes are fine, even preferable; but avoid "fluff". A placement officer highlights the importance of the resume in her article, Does my resume matter when I apply to the Peace Corps?
It usually takes 9-12 months from the time applicants submit their initial online applications until they depart the country for their 27 months of service. Therefore, students wishing to depart for service shortly after graduating should submit their initial application soon after completing their junior year in college, or early in their senior year. For detailed information on the application process, click here.
Ready to fill out an application? Need some assistance? Want someone to review your resume or motivation statement? Join us at an APPLICATION WORKSHOP where we can walk you through the process, answer any questions you may have, and provide feedback. APPLICATION WORKSHOPS are held in Room 201, Lauretta Taylor building, per the following schedule--
Thursday, January 26, 2017---2:00 to 3:00 PM
Thursday, February 23, 2017--2:00 to 3:00 PM
Thursday, March 30, 2017-----2:00 to 3:00 PM
Thursday, April 27, 2017-------2:00 to 3:00 PM
Thursday, May 11, 2017-------2:00 to 3:00 PM
Ashley Quarles, a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia, has produced a series of videos documenting her experiences as she serves. This 2015 video provides a glimpse into her daily life as a 9th grade English teacher.
Justin Cagaoan, RPCV Philippines (2012-14) served as a Children, Youth and Families Volunteer in Sorsogon City. This video provides a glimpse into his daily life.