Find Your Peace Corps Recruiter

Wondering where in the world is your closest Peace Corps Recruiter? Use our new Find a Recruiter tool to search by your zip code and locate the recruiter nearest you.

Peace Corps Find a RecruiterIf you can’t find your closest recruiter or have any other questions, please contact the Mid-Atlantic office.

Mid-Atlantic Region (District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia)

Peace Corps Headquarters
1111 20th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20526 (Map)

Phone: 202.692.1040
Fax: 202.692.1065
E-mail: dcinfo@peacecorps.gov

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Peace Corps Summer Social Hours: Washington, DC

Peace Corps Summer Social HoursFind out more about opportunities to live, learn and work abroad with the Peace Corps. Stop by our summer social hours around the District this June to talk to Peace Corps recruiters and Returned Volunteers. Determine if Peace Corps is right for you! They can answer all your questions, connect you to some great resources and give you tips on applying and serving.

These events are open to the public and we encourage you to RSVP so we can contact you with more detailed information:

June 9: Columbia Heights
June 16: Dupont Circle
June 30: Foggy Bottom

If you’d like to stay informed about Peace Corps news and events in your area, sign up to receive e-updates here.

Peace Corps Job of the Week: Secondary Education English Teacher in China

Apply by October 1, 2015: Secondary Education English Teacher in China

Peace Corps China requires people who are willing to work as professionals in the Chinese tertiary education setting. Volunteers who have succeeded here demonstrate a commitment to meeting challenging educational goals as well as building relationships in several, sometimes disparate, communities. The areas where Peace Corps Volunteers serve in China are changing rapidly, and we strive to change with them, providing opportunities for Volunteers to live and work in some of the most interesting and unexpected parts of China.

Volunteers in the TEFL Project have the primary goal of teaching English to students in colleges and three-year technical training institutes. Many of these students are training to become primary and middle school English teachers in rural areas.

Though many Chinese students have limited speaking and listening proficiency in English, Volunteers may be asked to teach literature, creative writing, research writing, or content-based classes. Much of a Volunteer’s effort will be towards improving and strengthening the fundamental English language skills of your students. Primarily, Volunteers will be coming to China as a teacher of English as a foreign language and will be teaching oral English.

Apply for this opening by October 1 to be abroad by June 2016. Read the full job posting here or explore our 59 education openings.

About Peace Corps/China: There are 146 volunteers in China working with their communities on education projects. During their service in China, volunteers learn to speak Mandarin Chinese. More than 995 Peace Corps volunteers have served in China since the program was established in 1993.

On Our Radar: May 22, 2015

We love to read Peace Corps Volunteers’ blogs! They tell the real story of life overseas, the adventures of service and the cultural insights of each Volunteer’s experience. Every Friday, we’ll feature a few of our favorite Volunteer blog posts in a weekly round-up. Whether you are a current Volunteer or thinking about applying, it’s always fun to learn about Peace Corps service around the world.

ONE // Lately

Remember Beth… and her amazing photos? With 176 days left in her service, she shares some of her breathtaking photography along with updates on her projects and life in The Gambia.

TWO // Site Day #63: The Real Difference

Sometimes the most rewarding moments don’t happen in the classroom or during project meetings. Many times it’s the personal interactions and relationships you create with your community that matter most as Ty learned in Thailand.

THREE // Ju Befte Mire: Albanian Food 101

Don’t read this post if you’re hungry! Jill shares some appetizing dishes from Albania along with some that aren’t so typical for Americans such as sheep’s head.

FOUR // Third Goal: From Me to You

We love reading PCV blogs but we don’t often think about the connectivity and technology issues that Volunteers sometimes have when sharing their stories with us. Laini sums up her blogging experience in Zambia – all typed on a smart phone!

FIVE // Teachers’ Day

Jett’s community in Paraguay celebrated Teacher’s Day and she participated, not just as a Peace Corps Volunteer, but as a teacher. The experience made her reflect on the personal growth and worth of her service.

// Do you have any favorite Peace Corps blogs? Let us know in the comments!

From the Field: Peace Corps Guyana

“I’ve spent almost two years in Guyana, but my journey has just begun…” – Dan Honegger, Peace Corps Guyana Volunteer

Peace Corps Job of the Week: Community Services Volunteer in Ukraine

Apply by July 1, 2015: Community Services Volunteer in Ukraine

Peace Corps Ukraine’s Youth Development Project was developed in order to provide Ukrainian youth from under-served communities with knowledge and skills necessary for healthy and meaningful lives in Ukrainian society and their successful integration into global community. To achieve this purpose, Peace Corps assigns Volunteers for service in communities with limited access to financial and informational resources, where they will work in institutions of secondary, secondary-professional and after-school education, local Departments of Youth and Sports, Centers for Social Services, Rehabilitation Centers, and youth NGOs around 3 major areas:

  1. Promoting Healthy Lifestyles
  2. Preparing Youth for the World of Work
  3. Educating Active Citizens.

Community Youth Development Specialists work primarily with at-risk youth ages 10-25 to transfer a range of life-skills related to physical and emotional health, vocational competencies, and civics. Volunteers also assist with the successful mainstreaming of vulnerable populations (orphaned youth, youth with special needs, youth from low-income families, youth minorities, and IDP youth, etc.).

Apply for this opening by July 1 to be abroad by March. Read the full job posting here or explore all our youth development openings.

Why professionalism matters when applying to Peace Corps

Let’s put it this way: The Peace Corps application process is a competitive one. Are you going to select the candidate who refers to the agency as “Piece Core,” “Peace Corpse” or “Peace Corps?” The candidate who wears a tie-dyed T-shirt for the interview or the one who sports a dress shirt and tie? Are you going to be impressed with the candidate who has done her research, spoken with returned Peace Corps Volunteers and attended an information session, or the one who has read a few blogs and visited the website? Which type of candidate do you want to be?

Professionalism is certainly not the only characteristic taken into account in the application process, but it is one of a number of assessment factors–part of the whole picture of you that can help you go from same-old, same-old to stellar. What can you do to bring your A game?

You’ll, of course, want to submit a well-written essay; understand the agency, exactly what you might be doing and how your skills fit into that (or how you can gain those skills if needed!); know why you want to do this and be able to articulate your motivation; and be able to demonstrate your commitment to service and volunteerism.

At a time when we’re seeing a record high number of applications, now is the time to put your best foot forward. Don’t let that be intimidating; let this be an invitation to step up your game and present the best possible version of yourself. The great news is that the time it takes to complete the application is now shorter than ever, giving you the opportunity to put extra effort into proofreading, taking the time to understand the process, tweaking your résumé, practicing your interviewing skills (have you ever tried a mock interview?) and–once a candidate–prioritizing polished correspondence with your Placement Officer and adhering to requested timelines. These simple things will help your application stand out.

Or think of it this way: You’re not just applying to the Peace Corps, which may conjure up images of dusty clothes and well-worn backpacks. You’re applying to be a teacher, a small business consultant, a public health worker, an environmental or agricultural educator. You’re applying to be selected not only as a representative of the Peace Corps but also of the United States, and the job comes with an awesome “benefits package.” How would you treat the application process for any of those positions here in the U.S.?

Need some pointers or a pep talk? Take advantage of the career center on your campus or your alma mater. Connect with your Regional Recruitment Office and request a recruiter review your résumé. While you’re at it, see if they have a few minutes to answer questions about their experience and find out when the next information session is in your area. I look forward to seeing your polished, professional application and your A game. And, hey, don’t forget to enjoy the process–we want to see your personality, too.

Erin McGillivrayErin McGillivray served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya where she trained teachers in HIV/AIDS education, started health clubs and a girls’ empowerment program and secured the coveted last place position in an International Camel Derby. She currently works as a Placement Officer and, when not being inspired by thousands of Peace Corps candidates, can be found teaching kiddos on the ski hill, cycling by a lake or river or consuming large quantities of dark chocolate. This article was originally posted on the Peace Corps Passport blog.