Peace Corps

Costa Rica, Chad Oliver

For over five decades, Peace Corps Volunteers have served their country by living and working in communities across the globe. In an ever-changing world, the agency has become a dynamic, forward-leaning champion for international service defined by its innovation and compassion. Although times have changed since the Peace Corps’ founding in 1961, the agency has upheld its mission of promoting world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:h

  1. Help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women
  2. Help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served
  3. Help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans

Peace Corps’ purpose is people-to-people public service and citizen diplomacy at the grassroots level. Volunteers work to develop sustainable solutions that address challenges in agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health, and youth development. Through their service, volunteers return home as global citizens with new perspectives. They have cross-cultural, leadership, language, teaching and community development skills that give them a competitive edge for advanced education and job opportunities in today’s global economy.

Considering serving in the Peace Corps after graduation? Here are some resources to learn more:

  • UC Santa Cruz has a Peace Corps recruiter, Barbara Smith (bsmith@peacecorps.gov). Send Barbara an email to set up an appointment! Barbara can answer any questions you may have about becoming a volunteer.
  • There are a number of benefits to being a Peace Corps volunteer, both during service and after. This includes student loan assistance, financial assistance for graduate school, and advantages in federal employment. Read more about the benefits of service at peacecorps.gov.
  • Apply for the UCEAP Peace Corps Prep program! The UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) Peace Corps Prep program is a certificate program that can help you develop the skills and experience to become a highly competitive applicant for the Peace Corps and prepare for a career in international development, public service, NGO sector, or diplomacy. Regardless of whether you are Peace Corps bound, the program helps prepare you for life after college.