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How to Join the Peace Corps

If you are ready for 27 months of hard but rewarding work, a job with the Peace Corps might be for you. These steps will help you on your way toward an unforgettable experience.


  • Step 1: Be 18 years old and a U.S. citizen Meet the basic requirements for joining the Peace Corps by being at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen.
  • TIP: A college degree and the ability to speak a foreign language are useful but not required for most positions with the Peace Corps.
  • Step 2: Talk to a recruiter or attend a recruiting event Talk with a Peace Corps recruiter about opportunities and requirements. Check the Peace Corps web site – – for dates of local recruiting events.
  • Step 3: Complete an application form Complete the official application form, which is available on the Peace Corps web site or from a recruiting event. Provide information about yourself, your education, and your interests.
  • TIP: Submit the application form well in advance of when you want to start work. It can take up to a year to complete the entire application process.
  • Step 4: Interview with a recruiter Schedule an interview with a recruiter, either in person or over the phone. Prepare to talk about why you want to join as well as your past work and volunteer experience.
  • Step 5: Complete a medical and legal evaluation Complete a medical evaluation for full physical, dental, and vision exams. Fill out all the necessary legal paperwork, and pass an FBI background check.
  • TIP: A health condition won't keep you out of the Peace Corps program; the medical evaluation helps ensure that your condition can be treated in the country where you're placed.
  • Step 6: Receive your invitation packet and accept your appointment Receive your official invitation packet in the mail and review your appointment details. Contact your recruiter within 10 days to accept your new job, and get ready to start your new life.
  • FACT: Did you know? The Peace Corps was established in 1961 by an executive order signed by President John Kennedy. Within 5 years, over 15,000 volunteers were serving across the world.

You Will Need

  • To be at least 18 years old
  • U.S. citizenship
  • A computer with internet access
  • An application form
  • An interview
  • A medical evaluation
  • Background check
  • A college degree (optional)
  • Foreign language skills (optional)

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