Five Ways to Become a More Competitive Peace Corps Applicant
Show your skills! Have relevant education and work experience (paid or unpaid).
Be involved! Peace Corps is looking for applicants with a history of volunteerism, multiculturalism and leadership. If you feel that you would like to acquire a bit more of these experiences before applying to Peace Corps, there are many opportunities on campus.
- Contact The Community Service Center for volunteer and leadership opportunities.
- Become an English language conversation partner. Contact the English Language Institute.
- Attend International Coffee Hour (121 BB Comer) and meet people from different cultures. You never know who you might meet and what opportunities may arise!
- Get involved with and take leadership roles in student groups such as the Alabama International Relations Club (AIRC)
- Take intercultural based courses such as ELI Intercultural Experience (UA undergraduates meet with ELI students twice a week for discussions focused on issues of culture) and CIP 200/202 – Introduction to Global Studies (classes about intercultural awareness). Contact Frannie James to sign up – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do your research! The Peace Corps website is user-friendly and will provide you with the information you will need.
- You can now preview details of upcoming Peace Corps assignments, including project descriptions, required skills, departure dates and more. Look at assignments that fit your skill set and interest. Then, Look at the Required Skills and Desired Skills section of the postings you are most interested in. This will give you an idea of the assignment that is right for you.
- You can also choose up to three countries of interest or choose the option to go “anywhere I am needed”. If you choose the latter, be certain that you are truly willing to go anywhere.
- Look at the Core Expectations for Peace Corps Volunteers. Reflect upon these to make sure that Peace Corps is the right experience for you.
Utilize your Recruiter! Work with your Peace Corps campus recruiter throughout the application process. She can also help you create a Peace Corps specific resume and answer any questions you may have about Peace Corps.
Be flexible! Flexibility will benefit you greatly during the application process and while serving in the Peace Corps.