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Prep Program Overview

The Peace Corps is the United States’ distinguished international volunteer organization which provides service opportunities for Americans to immerse themselves at the grass roots level in a community abroad. Volunteers are able to work side by side with local leaders to face some of the most pressing needs around the world while creating sustainable and impactful change that lasts long after service. 

 

As of Fall 2017 the University of North Florida is partnering with the Peace Corps to offer a Peace Corps Prep Program.

  

Peace Corps has identified four core competencies that are critical to the intercultural fieldwork Peace Corps Volunteers do: 

  1. Sector-specific skills  
  2. Foreign language proficiency 
  3. Intercultural competence  
  4. Professional development and leadership  

The Peace Corps Prep program allows you to create frameworks to build these four competencies, integrating coursework with hands-on experience and professional development. Upon completion of the program, you will receive a certificate from the Peace Corps—and a competitive edge when applying for Peace Corps service.  

 

Peace Corps Prep programs correspond with the Peace Corps’ new application process, which lets you choose where you want to go and what you want to do. You can first explore and discover the Peace Corps Prep opportunities that excite you, and what skills you will need to be a competitive applicant for those positions. If you enroll in the Peace Corps Prep program, you can then shape your curriculum around those requirements! 

 

Participant Testimonial

 

" In March 2011, I joined the Peace Corps as a secondary English teacher in Kazakhstan. Due to various factors, that post was shut down in November 2011.  After that event, I reentered PC service as a youth development volunteer in Ukraine from March 2012 to February 2014. By living and working in other cultures, Peace Corps service taught me values on how to cooperate and develop solutions to solve problems in our communities.” Aaron Quick (BA, History, 2009).

 

  Aaron posing with a group of young students in a classroom   Secondary English Teacher in Kazakhstan

 

  Aaron with a group of young adult students in a classroom   Youth Development Volunteer in Ukraine