Welcome back to the new academic year and FAQ Fridays! We hope everything is going great so far and that you’re soaking in those last few rays of sun before that fall chill sets in…
Q: What is the Peace Corps application process like?
A: Well, it may seem lengthy, but the work is well worth the reward, right? Here’s the breakdown:
1) THE APPLICATION – You’ve got this! You’re already in college, so this shouldn’t be much of a new process to you. Be ready to submit essays, references, employment and volunteer histories, financial obligation information (think loans), and a few other things.
2) THE INTERVIEW – Don’t be nervous! The Peace Corps has approved your application at this point, so it’s time to be interviewed by your local recruiter (who is almost always a returned Volunteer). This is a serious interview, so be prepared, but also remember that this is your opportunity to ask questions and share any concerns you may have!
3) NOMINATION – You’re almost there! At this point, you’ve been recommended by your recruiter to move on to the final stages of the process. You’re also told what region of the world you’ll be working in, your general work area (education, health, etc.), and an approximate departure date.
4) REVIEWS – Time to get technical! Now is the time when all of the medical and legal information you’ve provided is reviewed. You may be contacted for some follow-up information, but don’t sweat it and just answer honestly.
5) INVITATION – Finally, this is the moment you’ve been waiting for! So you’ve received your invitation, including the country to which you’ll be assigned, a detailed description of your job assignment, and your final departure date. Once you accept, you will be provided with information on your pre-service orientation.
6) FINAL MEDICAL CLEARANCE – Oh boy, the dentist! Essentially, 60 days prior to your departure, you’ll have to complete a physical and dental examination. There will be dental x-rays, a few immunizations, and a few medical exams, but once that’s over….
7) DEPARTURE DEPARTURE DEPARTURE – Get ready to hop on a plane! Once you get your ticket, you’re off of to your assigned country! After three months of training, your two years of service finally begin.
Yes, that was definitely a mouthful, but it’s all relevant information that you need to be aware of once you decide to apply.
For more detailed info on the whole application process, visit: http://www.peacecorps.gov/learn/howvol/stepstoapply/
Also, doesn’t this PC Volunteer photo of kids sack racing in Albania make you want to go have some fun outside?? Anyone know where to find a sack in New York?