Peace Corps Prep
"Bonnie Nelson '08 (Mongolia 2011-2013) participating in a traditional hair cutting ceremony for the young daughter of her friend and fellow teacher"
Peace Corps Prep (PC Prep) is an undergraduate certificate program that helps students prepare for service in the Peace Corps
, a US-government organization that sends US citizens abroad to volunteer for two-years in over 60 countries. The PC Prep Program is also an exciting chance to help you develop a global perspective and connect with like-minded students. All of the details of this program are laid out in the PC Prep Student Guide
While completing Peace Corps Prep does not guarantee admission into the Peace Corps, students who do get the certificate have a real advantage as it ensures that they have the experience and education that Peace Corps is looking for in volunteers. Obtaining the certificate will also help prepare you for other forms of international service (Jesuit Volunteer Corps
), domestic service (Lutheran Volunteer Corps
), as well as other nonprofit and service-oriented professions. Completing the program does not mean that you'll have to apply to the Peace Corps.
If you decide to enroll in PC Prep program, you'll first select the Peace Corps sector in which you would like to serve: Education
, Youth in Development
, and Community Economic Development
. Then you'll complete the following components (for more specifics see the Student Guide):
- Sector specific courses: You will take three courses that relate to your sector. These will help make sure that you are knowledgeable and prepared to do your assigned work in the Peace Corps!
- Sector specific hands-on experience: You will work to make sure that you get 50 hours of experience that is directly related to your Peace Corps sector. This can be in the form of an internship, work experience, or volunteer project and will help prepare you for your service.
- Language component: You will need to take at least one language course at PLU or demonstrate equivalent proficiency. This will ensure that you have the skills you need to start communicating in a place where English is likely not the national language. Note the Peace Corps has more extensive language requirements for applicants wishing to serve in Spanish-speaking and French-countries (see the Student Guide for details).
- Intercultural competence: You will take three courses that relate to global diversity and world cultures. This will prepare you to interact with the people you serve in a thoughtful, educated way.
- Professional and leadership development: This will ensure you are ready for your interview as well as that you have demonstrated the kind of leadership experience that volunteers need. This component involves having Career Connections help you with your resume and interview preparation, as well as getting some leadership experience in an activity of your choice.You may have already completed some of the above components. If so, that's great! Those can count towards your certificate.
This application asks you to come up with a plan for how you will complete all of these components during your remaining time at PLU. Your plan may change, but the purpose of the application is to help you devise an initial plan to ensure that you can complete the program. To complete the certificate, you must complete all components by the time you graduate from PLU.
If you have any questions about the program or your application, please get in touch with the PC Prep Program Director, Dr. Rose McKenney (firstname.lastname@example.org)