Social Engagement: High
What’s What: If you’re looking back and wishing you’d served in the Peace Corps, you can do it now!
Amava Take: Whatever your age, it’s not too late to be a Peace Corps volunteer. The Peace Corps is no longer just for young people. In fact, about six percent of volunteers are now 50+ and the number of older applicants is increasing. If you are from the United States and want to make a difference in the world, the Peace Corps could be for you. Your years of experience would be an asset as you use your skills in a totally new environment. It’s possible to serve with your spouse or partner and you can search for positions where couples are accepted. Every volunteer experience is different—talk to a recruiter to find out more and decide if the Peace Corps is right for you.
From the Front Lines:
What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these jobs?
Committed individuals who want to get out in the world and help a community.
Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?
Think about what you really love and come prepared to share it!
What’s a typical day like?
Since there are positions all over the world in different fields, there isn’t really a “typical” day. Check out stories of past Peace Corps Volunteers participants to see how they spent their time. To see what it’s really like to be an older Peace Corps Volunteer, check out this article and this article.
From the Trenches:
What’s the most satisfying part of the job?
Sharing knowledge to help a community become more educated and self-sufficient. Also, living in another country as a local, not a tourist and becoming friends with fellow volunteers.
What are the hard parts of the job?
It’s hard to be away from home and routine, but it’s easier to communicate and stay in touch than ever!
What would you tell someone who is thinking about applying to the Peace Corps?
I’d say that older misconceptions, like having to commit to two years under all circumstances or being totally out of communication while serving are just not true. For some specialized Peace Corps opportunities click here.
Special Requirements: Generally, just be a U.S. citizen, willing to commit anywhere from three months to two years, and be committed to helping others. Also, you typically need to be ready to leave in 9-12 months. (If you have an advanced degree or have other professional qualifications, you may be eligible for the Peace Corps Response program, which is for experienced professionals).
Finding a Position: Click here to find detailed information on the Peace Corps and also on serving after age 50. You can also go to the Peace Corps 50+ Facebook group for more information.