Social Engagement: High
What’s What: Peace Corps Response sends experienced professionals to do short-term, high-impact assignments in communities around the world.
Amava Take: Always wished you could do the Peace Corps when you were younger? Want to use your skills to help people from a different culture? Ready to step outside your comfort zone? You might be a good candidate for the Peace Corps Response program. There are positions in countries all over the world for people with specific experience. Positions last 3-12 months and are posted and filled on a rolling basis. It might also be possible to serve with your spouse or partner.
From the Front Lines:
What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these positions?
People who are mature, flexible, open minded and able to adapt to changing circumstances.
Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?
Expect that not everything will go exactly according to plan–be flexible enough to change course when necessary.
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 participants to see how they spent their time.
From the Trenches:
What’s the most satisfying part of the position?
Sharing knowledge to help a community become more educated and self-sufficient. Also, living with a host family and experiencing another country as a local, not a tourist.
What are the hard parts of the job?
Not always having a playbook for what to do. Being away from friends and family for such a long time.
What would you tell someone who is thinking about applying to the Peace Corps Response?
It will be different than what you thought, but probably better in many ways. Read a real-life account of a participant to see what it can be like.
Special Requirements: This program is for experienced professionals. Requirements vary by position. Some positions require a bachelor’s degree and two or three years of professional work experience. Other positions might require a master’s degree, or even a PhD., and possibly even 10 or more years of experience. Some may also have a language requirement, such as being fluent in Spanish. (If you don’t have the qualifications for the Peace Corps Response program, and are willing to serve for two years, you can still apply for the traditional Peace Corps program).
Finding a Position: Click here to search for positions.