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Ninety percent of Volunteer positions require a bachelor's degree; however, there are exceptions. If you have any questions regarding those exceptions, please contact your recruiter.
The Peace Corps is partnering with minority education institutions to increase access to higher education.
There is no second language requirement to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer; however, some regions, including Central and South America and parts of Africa, require Volunteers to know Spanish or French prior to arrival. Applicants are encouraged to build upon their existing foreign language skills through coursework or self-study. If you have any questions, please contact your recruiter.
The Peace Corps seeks applicants with leadership skills and community service. Leadership in your community, school, faith-based group, or service organization – particularly in planning activities, organizing, and motivating groups of people, and project supervision – will strengthen your application. Qualifying volunteer experiences are supervised, structured assignments that meet specific community needs with expected outcomes.
Your recruiter can advise you on the best type of volunteer work to complete according to your skills and interests. Learn more.
Professional Skills and Experience
Demonstrating motivation and commitment, work skills and knowledge, social sensitivity, and emotional maturity will help any applicant. Establishing a good track record of employment and successfully achieving job competence may help demonstrate your productivity.
The more flexible you are in terms of your Peace Corps geographic location, your assignment area, and your desired departure date, the greater your chance of being invited to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer.