1. Training and experience in a specific work sector
Leveraging concrete knowledge and skills is central to on-the-ground international development work. Through this PC Prep program, you will begin to build a professional specialty, which should serve your career well whether or not you become a Peace Corps Volunteer.
For PC Prep, you need to complete at least 3 courses that align with a specific work sector (they can but do not need to come from your academic major or minor). You also must accumulate a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer or work experience in that same sector, preferably in a teaching or outreach capacity.
List the number and name of 3 courses in this same sector that you have taken or plan to take and when. The courses you include on this application may change, but it's good to have a plan.
Describe how you plan to get a minimum of 50 hours of hands-on experience in your work sector.
2. Foreign Language
Requirements depend on desired Peace Corps volunteer placement site. (1) Spanish-speaking countries -> two 500-level courses (2) French-speaking countries -> one 500-level course in any Romance language (3) Everywhere else -> no explicit language requirement, but language skills are a plus.
3. Intercultural Competence
Engaging thoughtfully and fluidly across cultures begins with one’s own self-awareness. With this learning objective, you will deepen your cultural agility through one core course in Diversity and Inclusion and two relevant electives in which you learn about others while reflecting upon your own self in relation to others. The goal is for you to build your capacity to shift perspective and behavior around relevant cultural differences.
Studying or volunteering abroad may count in place of an elective if the student visits a country that has at some point hosted Peace Corps Volunteers (see the list of current and past countries here: www.peacecorps.gov/countries). Going abroad for 1 week to a summer may substitute for one course. Time abroad for a full semester may substitute both electives.
For example, leading a work or volunteer project, serving on the executive board of a student organization, or organizing a big campus event.