The Peace Corps is a volunteer program run by the United States government. The stated mission of the Peace Corps includes providing technical assistance, helping people outside the United States to understand American culture, and helping Americans to understand the cultures of other countries. The work is generally related to social and economic development. Each program participant, a Peace Corps Volunteer, is an American citizen, typically with a college degree, who works abroad for a period of two years after three months of training. (Wikipedia).
I can’t say enough positive words about Peace Corps. I know many people who have participated and they all only have positive things to say.
The Peace Corps is an incredible way to build a very real life skill set and set yourself up for future success. Alumni of the Peace Corps are connected to incredible job opportunities, many of which allow you to travel.
Downsides? It’s a low-paying 2 year commitment. That’s a huge chunk of time to spend fresh out of school, or at any point in life.
Moreover, the work is often in very challenging parts of the world where you will have limited internet activity and electricity, and life might be generally speaking more difficult. You will often be the only person where you are, so it’s quite lonely.
Peace Corps is legitimate, serious, work. It’s meant for those who truly are dedicated to making an impact and aren’t there to mess around. If you’re serious about making a change in the world, Peace Corps could very well be for you.
Other downside – only for US citizens
Another awesome part of the Peace Corps is that they have a job board with excellent opportunities listed on there. This job board in itself is also a great resource for finding interesting work abroad.
Before you begin applying to jobs I suggest you check out two articles that will help you to effectively connect with companies.
Both of these will put you well on your way to find a job abroad in the Peace Corps.
Thanks for reading and best of luck ahead in your hunt!