Since the Peace Corps' founding in 1960, approximately 200,000 Peace Corps volunteers have been invited by 140 host countries to work on issues ranging from AIDS education to environmental preservation.
Today's Peace Corps is more vital than ever, working in essential, emerging areas such as information technology and business development. Peace Corps volunteers continue to help countless individuals who want to build a better life for themselves, their children, and their communities.
In order to serve in the Peace Corps must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment and the agency’s mission is to promote world peace and friendship and a better understanding between Americans and people of other countries.
The Peace Corps' mission has three simple goals:
- Help the people of interested countries meet their need for trained men and women.
- Help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
- Help promote a better understanding of other people on the part of Americans.
The University of Oregon ranks in the top 20 of Peace Corps volunteer-producing institutions, with more than 1,000 graduates serving since 1961. The University Career Center is home to an embedded Peace Corps recruiting office to help students navigate the volunteer application process. In order to be most competitive upon graduation, it is best to visit the Peace Corps Recruiter no later than the beginning of your graduation year. Working with the recruiter will give you the guidance you need in order to leave for your service as soon as possible and be most competitive.
Join the Peace Corps
Applying for a Peace Corps position is a competitive process. There are many opportunities in communities all over the world, each of which require a different set of skills. Browse through the current openings to see which fits your background and experience.
The Peace Corps Campus Ambassadors program is an internship-like program for UO students. Ambassadors work closely with Peace Corps recruiters to raise the Peace Corps’ profile on campus and introduce the Peace Corps to new and diverse student groups.