The Peace Corps Prep Program (PCPP) is a certified program that demonstrates competency in areas that the Peace Corps has identified as key areas for individuals who want to be successful in international volunteer work. The PCPP is for students who want to help others by volunteering abroad in a variety of countries.
Upon completion of the program, participants receive a certificate which can be used in resumes when applying for jobs or even graduate school. This program offers a competitive edge that will make any resume stand out.
Dylan Sander, a member of the Peace Corps Prep Program here on campus, conveys that the program is “worth it. It has been an incredible experience for me. If someone has any interest in the Peace Corps, this would be the perfect program.”
It has been an incredible experience for me. If someone has any interest in the Peace Corps, this would be the perfect program. – Dylan Sander
This program allows students to obtain crucial skills the Peace Corps is looking for in future applicants. There are six sectors of volunteer work to choose from when entering the Peace Corps such as Health and Education. Each field can be chosen based upon the applicant’s preferences.
Dylan continues, ”As someone who is going through the Peace Corps application processes, I have felt that my time with the program has been immensely beneficial.”
If accepted into the Peace Corps, each applicant generally serves two years along with three months of training. A plethora of benefits are provided such as: medical and dental care, student loan assistance, living stipend that covers housing and food, and vacation days.
Tanya Maus, co-advisor of the PCPP, says, “I have never served in the Peace Corps, but have thought about it many times in my life. Some folks serve after retirement so there’s still a chance for me! I have studied and researched in Japan for four years, and I think international engagement (more than just a short trip abroad) is essential for Americans to understand a global perspective. There are so many amazing experiences out there, and so many different ways of thinking about our world and the human condition. The Peace Corps pays for you to experience this!”
I think international engagement (more than just a short trip abroad) is essential for Americans to understand a global perspective. – Tanya Maus, Co-advisor of the PCPP
Students who are interested in applying for the PCPP can visit the Peace Corps website, stop by the Peace Resource Center on Campus, or visit the Wilmington College website to learn more information.
Tanya Maus continues, “The Peace Corps Prep program is similar to a minor and allows you to focus on courses on campus that have a global perspective.”
After completing service, members have marketable professional skills, access to career services, advantages in federal employment and partner organizations, and financial assistance for graduate school programs.