c/o Peace Corps Midwest Regional Office
55 W. Monroe Street, #450
Chicago, IL 60603
Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Purpose of the Organization
Founded in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy, Peace Corps is a federal agency that supports American citizens making a difference in communities around the world. Volunteers are currently making a lasting impact in 60+ countries as they lead projects to develop business, health, education, agriculture, environment, and youth programs. Peace Corps provides full support for Volunteers including international airfare, housing, full medical/dental care, possible student loan deferment/forgiveness, grad school benefits, vacation days, $8,000+ after completion of 27 months of service.
Volunteer Opportunities Available
Peace Corps Volunteers live, learn, and work at the community level in communities around the world. Depending on degree, experience, and interests, Volunteers serve as leaders in business, education, health, agriculture, environment, and youth development programs. A job with varying measures of structure awaits each Volunteer who then has the flexibility and opportunity to pursue secondary projects in his or her community based on needs and interests. Secondary projects often include things like summer camps, English speaking clubs, environmental clubs, income-generating project for local organizations, and countless other pursuits.
Volunteers receive up to three months of training, which includes language, job skills, and cross-cultural preparation. They are with other Volunteers as well as Peace Corps staff during this time. After training, Volunteers welcomed into their communities with established contacts in place, including a workplace counterpart available for support.
In 2014, Peace Corps announced a first-ever opportunity to apply to specific assignments, so information about location, job duties, living conditions, and more is available for consideration. View current openings anytime at www.peacecorps.gov/openings.