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Volunteer Benefits

Volunteers receive considerable benefits, both during and after service.  These include…                                                                   

 ...during service:

Living stipend for food, housing, and incidental expenses

Two vacation days per month

Full medical and dental coverage

Student loan assistance (deferment and partial Perkins forgiveness)

Travel to and from country of service 

...after service:

Unique graduate school opportunities (lifetime eligibility)

Transition funds--about $9400 before taxes

Marketable professional skills and solid work experience

Advantages in federal employment (1 year non-competive eligibility)

Transition and job-search assistance

Opportunities for short term assignments through Peace Corps Response


Additionally, PCVs receive unparalleled language, travel, networking, cross-cultural and international experience.  Almost all hone their professional skills, some decide to take their careers in different directions, and many develop strong friendships.  Let's see...  


Registered nurse volunteers with Peace Corps to teach maternal health in Turkmenistan.


Maternal health "Ah ha!" moment - Peace Corps service in Senegal leads to a career change.


Peace Corps informs a career in public health.


A Peace Corps Volunteer helps educate her community in Mali about maternal health; the job is "great", but the "best thing"...the friendships made.


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