You also have to submit a motivation statement outlining why you want to join the Peace Corps.The essay has to be short and sweet, less than 500 words describing who you are, explaining your desire to volunteer and explaining how you can overcome potential challenges. Immediately, I received several emails outlining other steps.I’d like to note that even though I submitted Panama as my top choice, I had applied for a different position there.
You can’t just “apply” to the Peace Corps and let them place you anywhere.
You have to look, like you’re on Indeed for openings they have available and their requirements.
It’s a pretty tall order to learn Swahili in 11 weeks, so be sure you’re really prepared to do that.
The application process is extensive and takes weeks, and expect to wait months to know if you got selected.
The interview will also focus on concerns you might have as a volunteer regarding separation from home, dietary issues abroad, and anything related to culture that might be a concern.
Like if you have tattoos, or if you’re gay and how that might be perceived in your host country.I submitted preferences for three programs in South America based on what was available.At this point, you can also select “Anywhere I Am Needed,” but based on how competitive the Peace Corps can be, I’m not sure if that would help or hurt instead of help your chances.The volunteer positions are separated into several broad categories: This will help you narrow down your choices with regard to interest and skill. Even though many positions don’t require any kind of specific degree or experience, it will be harder to succeed if you have a degree in fine arts and you’re applying to an agricultural job in Mongolia.You want to assume that the people you’re up against do have a background in the position they’re applying for and give yourself a fighting chance somewhere you’ll fit in.Here is what you can expect when you apply for the Peace Corps.If you browse volunteer openings, you’ll see hundreds of listings for positions all over the world.They won’t vary much from the established questions and follow-up questions.During the interview, the interviewer will take notes on your responses.On April 3, I received an interview request, which included a link to a portal where you could schedule a time for the 60-90 minute interview.The email also outlined basically all the topics that would be discussed.