What Are the Benefits?

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You give and you get. The chance to make a real difference in other people's lives is the reason most Volunteers serve in the Peace Corps.

But that is not the only benefit of Peace Corps service. Volunteers also have the chance to learn a new language, live in another culture, and develop career and leadership skills. The Peace Corps experience can enhance long-term career prospects whether you want to work for a corporation, a nonprofit organization, or a government agency. The Peace Corps can even open doors to graduate school.

From practical benefits such as student loan deferment, career benefits like fluency in a foreign language, and the intangible benefits that come with making a difference in people's lives, there are a variety of rewards for the dedicated service of Volunteers. Rewards that last a lifetime.

And the benefits of Peace Corps service don't end with overseas service. It's an experience to draw on for the rest of your life. As is often said, the Peace Corps isn't simply something great. It's the beginning of something great. Use the links below for more information about the benefits of serving in the Peace Corps.

Professional and Career Benefits
Peace Corps Volunteers gain valuable skills and experience that will help in any career path.

Educational Benefits
The Peace Corps or graduate school? Two unique programs, Masters International and Fellows/USA, offer the best of both worlds.

Financial Benefits and Loan Deferment
Find out about monthly living allowances during Peace Corps service, funds for transition after service, and deferment of student loans.

Medical Benefits
Full medical coverage during service and nominal health insurance for up to 18 months following service.

External Links

What Are the Benefits? Official US Peace Corps Website