How Do I Become a Volunteer?

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Maybe you've talked to your friends about the Peace Corps, or even attended a recruiting event. Now what do you do? How do you know if you're qualified to join the Peace Corps? And how do you go about applying?

Serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer means 27 months of hard work. It takes determination, flexibility, patience, and a sense of humor. And while applying to the Peace Corps is easier than being a Volunteer, the qualities that make a good Volunteer will also come in handy during the application process. Yes, applying to become a Volunteer takes some time, preparation, and effort. But as with volunteering, the rewards far outweigh the difficulties.

Here are the basics to help you get started.


Top Questions
Learn the basics about Peace Corps service. You'll find answers to some frequently asked questions plus links to more information.


Am I Qualified?
By now, you probably know that you have to be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen. Beyond these requirements, how do you know if you're qualified to become a Peace Corps Volunteer? Use our quick calculator to find out.


Steps To Applying
If you've read through this section and think you're ready to apply to become a Peace Corps Volunteer or if you have very specific questions about filling out your Peace Corps application, visit Apply Now.

See additional: Advice for applicants

External Links

How Do I Become a Volunteer? Official US Peace Corps Website