How to Become a Peace Corps Volunteer

By Cassie Hudson 07.16.2014 blog

Do you have what it takes to be a Peace Corps volunteer? Started by John F. Kennedy in 1961, the Peace Corps is a volunteer program created to promote world peace and friendship.

To date, more than 215,000 people have volunteered with the Peace Corps in 139 countries.

Becoming a Peace Corps volunteer is highly competitive, but it’s never too early to start preparing yourself for the two-year service commitment.

Check out what it takes to become a volunteer:

1)   Meet the requirements. You must be 18 years old and a U.S. citizen to be considered for the program. Although a college degree isn’t required for all opportunities, it is preferred with relevant work experience and education.

2)   Do your research. If you are serious about applying for the Peace Corps, you should start researching programs and countries that fall within your interests and backgrounds. You can start this part now! (The FAQs section and requesting more information are good places to start!)

3)   Connect with a Peace Corps recruiter. A recruiter will assist you in qualifying for service and work with you to achieve your dream to get overseas. Recruiters can counsel you on the classes you can be taking in high school and college to make you a competitive candidate come application time. Find a Peace Corps recruiter in your area.

4)   Apply early! It is recommended you apply nine months to a year in advance of your desired date of departure. Take a look at the application!

Do you know anyone who has volunteered for the Peace Corps? Are you planning to apply? Let us know in the comment section below.

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