Peace Corps Prep Program

Work Sector Training and Experience

Leveraging concrete knowledge and skills is central to on-the-ground international development work. Through this PC Prep program, you will begin to build a professional specialty, which should serve your career well whether or not you become a Peace Corps Volunteer.

For PC Prep, you need to complete at least 3 courses that align with a specific work sector (Education, Health, Environment, and Youth in Development). They can but do not need to come from your academic major or minor.

You also must accumulate 50 hours of volunteer or work experience away from campus in that same sector, preferably in a teaching or outreach capacity. (NOTE: If other criteria for the Odyssey category are met, you may also achieve Odyssey credit for this experience).

If you intend to apply to the Peace Corps, the best way to assure that you will be a strong candidate is to identify the type of assignments in which you’d like to serve through this interactive tool, then review the positions’ desired qualifications and build them up accordingly. In the process, you should fulfill these PC Prep experiential requirements!

The four sectors include: EducationHealthEnvironment, and Youth in Development.

These are the sectors in which Peace Corps Volunteers serve. Volunteers also serve in Agriculture or Community Economic Development sectors.

Choose one of the four sectors to focus on then complete at least 3 courses + 50 hours of volunteer or work experience in that sector.

NOTE: Actual Peace Corps assignments are based on local needs, and thus may or may not align seamlessly with your qualifications. Flexibility is central to the Peace Corps experience!)