Peace Corps

Gain Real World Skills While Serving Others

Trevor Harris and Elias Phiri in Chadiza 2008

Since 1961, over 250,000 Americans have served abroad in the Peace Corps, making a difference in the lives of others. As a Peace Corps Volunteer, you will spend two years working with a community in one of Peace Corps’ host countries. In service, volunteers work and live with host country nationals to meet community goals. Volunteers serve in one of six sectors including agriculture, youth in development, health and education. Benefits of service include an in-service monthly stipend, full health and dental coverage while in service, support for graduate school at MU and elsewhere, a post-service resettlement allowance and federal employment hiring advantage.

Peace Corps Volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years old. There is no upper age limit. Read more or watch a video about how Peace Corps service makes a difference for the communities we serve, for the volunteers themselves, and back home in the U.S. Learn more and apply at

At the start of 2020, more than 8,000 volunteers of all backgrounds and ages were serving in the Peace Corps in a variety of fields in 75 countries. All volunteers were evacuated in March and Peace Corps staff are presently monitoring the pandemic in host countries. We look forward to resuming normal operations when it is safe to do so.

Contact the Peace Corps

For more information about whether Peace Corps service may be right for you, contact (704) 733-0647 or submit an online request. A recruiter can answer questions, assist with the application process, and support applicants preparing for Peace Corps interviews.

To learn more about what it’s like to volunteer, please connect with local Returned Peace Corps Volunteers at and at