Frequently Asked Questions

1. What do Peace Corps Volunteers do?

Volunteers live and work in communities abroad, focusing on projects relating to six sector areas: agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health, and youth in development.

2. How long is Peace Corps service?

Peace Corps assignments are typically 27 months (three months of training with two years of service). This is to allow Volunteers time to integrate and fully immerse themselves in the local culture.

3. Do I need a college degree?

Most opportunities require a four-year degree, though opportunities are available for individuals with a combination of relative job experience and education.

4. Do I need to speak a foreign language?

No, not necessarily. Language requirements vary by job opportunity, and any requirements will be listed in each job opening. Not all opportunities have a language requirement.

5. Do Peace Corps Volunteers get paid?

Volunteers receive a living allowance that allows you to live in a manner similar to the local people in your community. The Peace Corps also provides complete medical and dental care and covers the cost of transportation to and from your country of service. To assist with the transition back home, Volunteers who start service after October 1, 2016, are paid $9,450 (before taxes and requested allotment deductions) at the close of 27 months of service.

6. I have a question that's not listed here. Who do I contact for answers?

Email any time with questions about the Peace Corps. Consider watching our video info session for more information.