Established in 1961 by the U.S. Government, the Peace Corps is a highly respected and competitive volunteer program that sends U.S. citizens to serve in communities around the world. Peace Corps volunteers commit to serving two years abroad during which they contribute to developing sustainable solutions which address challenges in education, health, environment, agriculture, youth development, and community economic development. Peace Corps provides financial, student loan, travel, medical/dental, and career benefits. To learn more about the Peace Corps, please visit: peacecorps.gov
The purpose of Peace Corps Prep (PC Prep) is to produce more effective volunteers for the Peace Corps and as a result, improve the benefits for host countries. Students who participate in PC Prep complete academic coursework and practical field experience according to one of the six sectors that align with the Peace Corps volunteer assignments. Students also develop foreign language skills, enhance intercultural competence, and participate in professional and leadership development activities.
Student who complete PC Prep are encouraged to apply for the Peace Corps. Although completion of the PC Prep program does not guarantee acceptance into the Peace Corps, it assists students in submitting stronger applications. PC Prep can help prepare students for other global opportunities as well, such as teaching abroad or the U.S. Foreign Service.
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The PC Prep program is open to any UH undergraduate student who is not facing disciplinary action and is in good academic standing as reflected by a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or above. Students are eligible to participate regardless of major, minor, department, or academic year, but they must complete all PC Prep requirements prior to graduation.
Students who are interested in completing the PC Prep program should follow these steps:
- Register Here
- Do research on the Peace Corps and the six sectors. Choose one sector and region/country you would like to focus on. Then, read the Peace Corps Prep Program requirements below and download the Student Guide to form a plan. If you need additional support, schedule an advising appointment with the Peace Corps Prep Coordinator.
- Complete program requirements and compile documentation.
- After completing all requirements, complete an Exit Checklist and submit any supporting documentation either in person or by email to the Peace Corps Prep Coordinator.
Students must complete activities outlined in the four core competencies below:1. Training and experience in a specific work sector: Students must complete three courses that align with one of the six Peace Corps Prep sectors below as well as complete a minimum of 50 hours of field experience in that same field through volunteer, work, or internship positions. Students must submit written documentation of the field hours, such as an email or letter from their supervisor or a form documenting volunteer hours. Click the links below to view the course options and field experience suggestions for that corresponding sector:
- Latin America : Students must complete two intermediate Spanish courses (2000 level or higher). Students may also verify proficiency through a placement exam offered by Testing Services or by meeting with a UH faculty member from the Department of Hispanic Studies ; the student must submit the placement exam score or have the faculty member email us to verify proficiency.
- West Africa : Students must build proficiency in French or another Romance language by completing at least one intermediate course (2000 level or higher). Students may also verify proficiency through a placement exam offered by Testing Services or by meeting with a UH faculty member from that language department; the student must submit the placement exam score or have the faculty member email us to verify proficiency.
- Other regions : Students indicating an intention to serve anywhere else have no explicit language requirements, but are encouraged to take at least one foreign language class. For information about the foreign language courses available at UH, visit the Department of Modern and Classical Languages .
- Complete the Global Citizens Credential (GCC) Program OR
- Complete three global courses from the approved global course list
- Students may substitute a learning abroad experience for two global courses. For more information, visit the Learning Abroad website .
- Students may substitute two intercultural activities for one global course. Students must submit proof of attendance. Visit the GCC website above to learn more and join the GCC listserv to find out about upcoming intercultural activities.
- Make an appointment a career counselor at Career Services to have your resume reviewed.
- Attend an interview workshop or schedule a mock interview with a career counselor at Career Services .
- Participate in one activity to develop significant leadership experience such as, leading a volunteer project, serving as a leader of a student organization, organizing an event, etc. Students are encouraged to visit the Center for Student Involvement to learn more about how to get involved on campus. For a complete list of student organizations, please visit: https://uh.campuslabs.com/engage/organizations .
The Peace Corps will award a certificate to all Peace Corps Prep graduates each semester. PC prep graduates will be invited to a certificate ceremony to celebrate their accomplishments.
Advising Support Available:
Need extra support? Students may schedule an advising appointment by emailing us or scheduling via Navigate (under Support Services and UH Global). For questions, please contact us at uhglobal@ uh.edu .