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Peace Corps - Prep Program



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The Peace Corps Prep program will prepare you for international development fieldwork and potential Peace Corps service. To accomplish this, you'll build four core competencies through interrelated coursework, hands-on experience, and professional development support.  The following chart presents the requirements in each of the four core competencies: 


1.  Training and experience in a specific work sector - coursework and experience in one of the six Peace Corps work sectors:

  • Education
  • Health
  • Environment
  • Agriculture
  • Youth in Development
  • Community Economic Development 

2.  Foreign language skills - Requirements depend upon desired Peace Corps volunteer placement site.  Spanish-speaking countries have a minimum Spanish language requirement.  French-speaking countries have a minimum Romance language requirement.  Everywhere else has no explicit language requirement (but language skills are a plus). 


3.  Intercultural competence - Coursework that bolsters your intercultural competence: 


4.  Professional and leadership development


Further information and details on the program requirements can be found in the UNF Peace Corps Prep Student Guide.

Student Highlight

Dan Woodhouse, UNF 2016, English teacher in Antsirabe, Madagascar


Dan with his host family Dan with host family 


Dan teaching in a classroom in front of a group of students Dan in the classroom


Student Testimonial

"I recently finished my service in the rural town of Morrope, Lambayeque Peru. After 27 months, I decided to extend my service and work in conjunction with the department of education in Lima, Peru. . . . I'm currently still living in Lima and seeking to continue my career in the international development with my now second home, Peru." Valerie Ceballos (BA, International Studies, 2012).


Valerie sitting with two students in costumes Valerie with students in costumes 


Valerie in a classroom in front of students Valerie in class