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21. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Here is a brief qualification overview to be able to join the PC:

Is there a place for you in the Peace Corps? Take a minute to read through this page, answer a few quick questions, and get a feel for your chances of becoming a Peace Corps Volunteer.

You may already know that all Peace Corps Volunteers must be U.S. citizens of at least 18 years of age. Here are a few things that might surprise you:

There is no upper age limit. In fact, the oldest Volunteer ever to serve in the Peace Corps was 86.

You don't have to know another language.

Having a four-year college degree by the time you're ready to leave for the Peace Corps will help your chances of acceptance. But it isn't absolutely necessary, and for some programs work experience, relevant skills, and/or a community college degree can qualify you.

To see if you might qualify to join the thousands of Volunteers who serve in the Peace Corps each year, take a minute to complete the following questionnaire. While this form is not a substitute for the official Peace Corps application, it will provide you with a general sense about your chances for acceptance. It will also give you ideas for what you can do now to strengthen your application.

1. Are you 18 or over?
2. Are you a U.S. citizen?
3. What is the highest level of education you will have completed
when you submit your application?
4. Select your major field(s) of study in college and/or
graduate school. Check all that apply.
Liberal Arts
Nursing Certification
Not Applicable (no college studies)
5. Select your area(s) of work experience. Check all that apply.
At-Risk Youth
Community Development
Construction or Other Skilled Trade
6. Do you have experience volunteering?
7. Identify your level of proficiency with the following
languages. Language skills are not a prerequisite for
applying, but may be required for certain assignments. Check
all that apply.
French, Limited
French, Conversational
French, Fluent
Spanish, Limited
Spanish, Conversational
Spanish, Fluent
Other, Limited
Other, Conversational
Other, Fluent

22. Posted by abcdf (Full Member 557 posts) 11y

My sister is applying for the peace corps this year i believe. i think she wants to go to africa tho so she is learning french at the moment (i think its just an excuse to go to france, but then she is taking two years out of her life to go some foreign place).

but she told me she met the first lady to go to the PC on the first trip to africa... im not sure. but she was def inspired.

23. Posted by farleyUL (Full Member 125 posts) 10y

2. peace corp is another thing i want to do, that doesnt pay well (i dont think it pays at all...?)

It does pay the equivalent to a local salary so you can pay for your lodging, food, and other necessities. They also give you $6000 or so once you complete your two years of service. Some graduate programs offer partial or complete waivers to applicants who are accepted and have served in the Peace Corps. Also, some student loans are partially waived as well. I haven't served, but have looked into's just a matter of talking the girlfriend into it, which won't be easy.

24. Posted by zachary (Respected Member 471 posts) 10y

what is stopping me from joining is because i dont have a degree in college (which is required)

25. Posted by AnnaLe (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y


[quote] I haven't served, but have looked into's just a matter of talking the girlfriend into it, which won't be easy.

Inorder to garuntee placement with a significant other you have to provide proof of a marriage. It looks like you will have to convince her or more than peace corp involvement.