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Peace Corps and the University Career Center and The President’s Promise have been partnering for several years to help UMD students learn more about serving with the Peace Corps and support them as they embark on this life-defining experience.
Virtual Office Hours - Tuesday 3:30-5:30, Wednesday 9:30-3:30, and Thursday 8:30-3:30. Please email the University of Maryland recruiter at email@example.com to arrange a virtual appointment.
Peace Corps 101
Established in 1961, the Peace Corps sends thousands of American citizens abroad every year to live and work in over 60 countries around the world. Volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds and experience levels and work in education, health, environment, community economic development, youth development, and agriculture.
What does the Peace Corps look for in applicants? Experience in volunteering and community outreach; experience in leadership roles and working independently, a solid academic background, and most importantly, a desire to learn about the world and serve others. The Peace Corps asks that all volunteers be ready to commit to 27 months of service in a developing foreign country and be able to live and work in a challenging setting potentially very different from the U.S.
During a volunteer’s service, the Peace Corps covers all expenses, including travel to and from the country of service, living and housing expenses, full medical coverage and vacation time. Upon successful completion of service, each volunteer also receives a readjustment allowance, Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE) for jobs with the federal government, scholarship opportunities for graduate degrees, and access to a broad and active network of returned Peace Corps volunteers. Peace Corps volunteers also gain transferable skills in leadership, problem solving, and much more, that they can leverage into a successful career upon returning to the United States.
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Peace Corps Resume Tips
Your resume is the most important part of your application. Peace Corps will use your resume to determine if you have the academic, work, and volunteer experience to qualify for an assignment. Spend time tailoring it to the Peace Corps volunteer openings that interest you, and follow these guidelines to make your application stand out from the rest. In addition to the guidelines below, please also check out this sample resume for ideas!
1. Target your resume to the work sector(s) for which you want to apply, and make sure it tells your whole story. You can only submit one resume with your application but can apply for up to three jobs at a time. If you want to apply to positions in more than one sector, make your experience in each area evident with different headings (e.g. "Education Experience" followed by "Public Health Experience"). Only apply to sectors for which you have relevant experience.
2. Your resume does not need to be limited to one page for the Peace Corps application, 2 or even 3 pages is fine. Include foreign language experience, technical skills, and any leadership roles, work and volunteer positions, and tutoring or mentoring experience.
3. Quantify your experiences wherever possible. For each experience indicate how many hours per week or the total number of hours you worked or volunteered. If you were a tutor or teacher, make sure to note what subjects and the number of students you taught.
4. Include a "Key Qualifications" section at the top of your resume to highlight your transferable skills, sector specific experience, and personal motivation.
If you have any questions about Peace Corps or want to attend an event please email the University of Maryland recruiter at firstname.lastname@example.org