Peace Corps announces changes to application, selection process

  • Friday, July 25, 2014

Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet announced sweeping changes to the agency's application process that will make applying to the Peace Corps simpler, faster and more personalized than ever before. Under this new recruitment initiative, applicants will now be able to choose their country of service and apply to specific programs, and do so through a new, shorter application.

“Today our world is smaller and more interconnected than ever before,” said President Obama in a new public service announcement. “And it presents us with an extraordinary opportunity: to connect with people in some of the most remote corners of the globe and show them that America is paying attention, that we care, and that we're here to help. That's what the Peace Corps is all about.”

The key recruitment reforms include:

Peace Corps applicants can now choose the programs and countries to which they want to apply, selecting the path that best fits their personal and professional goals. Applicants can apply to between one and three specific programs at a time, or they can choose to apply for service wherever they are needed most.

The Peace Corps website now lists all open programs by country, work area and departure date, so applicants can browse service opportunities.

A new, shorter application is now available on the Peace Corps website that can be completed in less than one hour. What used to be more than 60 printed pages that took more than eight hours to complete is now a short online application that focuses solely but rigorously on the most relevant information to help the agency select the best candidates.

Each open Peace Corps position now has clearly identified “Apply By” and “Know By” deadlines, so applicants know when they can expect to receive an invitation to serve. If they apply on time, they'll know if they were selected on time, just like applying to college or a job.

These deadlines give applicants more certainty than ever and help them plan for the future.

“With the tools, technologies and opportunities of the 21st century, the Peace Corps is giving Americans of all backgrounds the freedom to reimagine their future and redefine their mark on the world,” Hessler-Radelet said.

“I believe these changes will help reignite the passion of Peace Corps' early days and that more Americans will seize the opportunity to make a difference across the world and here at home.”

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