Peace Corps

Where Do You Want to Go?

The University of Washington is recognized as the top producing university for Peace Corps volunteers. In recognition of this honor, the Career Center is privileged to house the Peace Corps office for students at the UW. Currently, more than 100 UW alumni are serving in the Peace Corps, and since the program's inception in 1961, a total of 2,540 such alumni have served. 

Click Here for the Seattle Times article on the UW being #1 for 2013!

What is the Peace Corps?

The Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. From that inspiration grew an agency of the federal government devoted to world peace and friendship. Since that time, more than 190,000 Peace Corps Volunteers have been invited by 139 host countries to work on issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation.

The Peace Corps' mission has three simple goals:

  1. Helping the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
  2. Helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
  3. Helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

What do Peace Corps volunteers do?

Peace Corps Volunteers work in the following areas: education, youth outreach, and community development; business development; agriculture and environment; health and HIV/AIDS; and information technology. Within these areas, the specific duties and responsibilities of each Volunteer can vary widely.

Ask any Peace Corps Volunteer and he or she will tell you that everybody has a unique experience. Today's Peace Corps is more vital than ever, working in emerging and essential areas such as information technology and business development, and committing more than 1,000 new Volunteers as a part of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Peace Corps Volunteers continue to help countless individuals who want to build a better life for themselves, their children, and their communities.

 

Where do Peace Corps volunteers go?

The Peace Corps works in countries from Asia to Central America, and from Europe to Africa. In each of these countries, Volunteers work with governments, schools, and entrepreneurs to address changing and complex needs in education, health and HIV/AIDS, business, information technology, agriculture, and the environment.


(Dark Orange = Active Countries; Light Orange = Inactive Countries)

How do I find out more?

You can find out more about the Peace Corps by:

  • Visit Peace Corps website to read about the different countries where Peace Corps Volunteers work, see pictures and videos, and start an online application. 
  • Learn more about being a volunteer through an informational short film
  • Contact the Peace Corps representative by Email (pcorps@uw.edu) to set up a time to meet or to get specific questions answered.
  • Stop by the Career Center in 134 Mary Gates Hall during the Peace Corps representative’s drop-in office hours (listed below).

On-Campus Representative Information

  • Patrick Gordon
    • Peace Corps Volunteer, Bulgaria 2011-2012;
    • Master of Public Administration Candidate, UW Evans School of Public Affairs

Fall Quarter 2014 Office Hours (ending December 11, 2014)

  • Tuesday and Thursdays from noon - 5pm
  • Thursday 9/25 office hours will be held at the Peace Corps table during Dawg Daze
  • And by appointment (email pcorps@uw.edu to arrange)

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