Peace Corps Prep Certificate

What is Peace Corps Prep? 

Peace Corps Prep (PCP) is an academic and co-curricular certificate program that assists in building the skills and insights you need to have a positive impact as a Peace Corps Volunteer or worker in areas of community transformation or humanitarian aid. Upon completion of the program, participants receive a certificate from the Peace Corps.

What is the Peace Corps?

The Peace Corps is a service opportunity for motivated changemakers to work side by side with local leaders of a community outside the US to tackle the most pressing challenges identified by the community. The Peace Corps is a catalyst for cultural exchange, powered by volunteers ready to support local efforts to reduce inequality and to create new opportunities.

What are the requirements to complete the PCP certificate program?

Peace Corps Prep is a certificate program for undergraduates that centers on one empowering question: How can you prepare yourself to be the best Peace Corps Volunteer or intercultural/international field worker you can be? There is no one right answer to that question, but the Peace Corps has identified four core competencies that are critical to the intercultural fieldwork Peace Corps Volunteers do:

1. Training and Experience consisting of both of the following: (see Purdue Peace Corps Prep Student Guide for sector-specific courses & field experience suggestions)

  • 50 hours of related field experience (internships, volunteering, etc.)

2. World language skills consisting of one of the following:

  • Latin America - Equivalent of two 200-level Spanish courses
  • Francophone World - Equivalent of two 200-level courses in any Romance language
  • Elsewhere - Equivalent of at least two courses in any language or two linguistics courses

3. Intercultural competence consisting of all of the following:

  • The Core Practicum (chosen from a number of options)
  • One approved elective course relating to intercultural competence
  • One approved immersion experience (such as study abroad) in another culture

4. Professional leadership & development consisting of all of the following:

  • Professional resume feedback and interview with the Center for Career Opportunities
  • Professional visit/interview with a Peace Corps Recruiter or Returned Peace Corps Volunteer
  • Take a leadership assessment
  • Develop your own leadership skills through at least one significant leadership experience


How Can You Get More Information?

Goals: Learning Outcomes and Evidence

Per the recommendations of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) Transparency Framework and the NILOA Excellence in Assessment Standards, we provide the goals for each student program offered through CILMAR.

75% of Peace Corps Prep students will exhibit at least level three reflection and level three internalization on the Student Agency Evaluation Rubric as revealed in capstone reflection(s) in the course practicum.


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