UGA and Peace Corps Prep
The University of Georgia Peace Corps Prep Certificate Program will let you, as a current UGA undergraduate student, acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to serve in your preferred program as a Peace Corps Volunteer after you graduate. The University of Georgia, which "endeavors to prepare the University community and the state for full participation in the global society of the twenty-first century," makes students ready to contribute positively to global society through respect and understanding of cultural differences and excellence in public service. These goals align well with Peace Corps' mission of promoting world peace and friendship through service and cross-cultural understanding.
As a participant in the Peace Corps Prep Certificate Program, you will be able to build your skills to become the best potential Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) that you can be through a combination of coursework, community outreach, and service. The Peace Corps Prep Committee will review your progress throughout the program and will award you a certificate upon completion of all requirements.
Peace Corps Volunteers serve in 6 program areas. You may click on any sector to see a short video which describes the Agriculture, Community Economic Development, Education, Environment, Health, and Youth in Development programs. You can further investigate Peace Corps program areas by visiting the What Volunteers Do page. On this page you will find a diversity of current volunteer openings within each program area and have the ability to do program area searches by region and country.
You are also welcome to visit with UGA's on-campus recruiter, Bridgette Beatty, to discuss the various program areas and what you should do to enhance your competitiveness. She can be contacted at email@example.com and can be found at the Office of Global Engagement (1324 South Lumpkin St, Room 109D).
***NOTE: The Peace Corps Prep Certificate Program does not guarantee acceptance into the Peace Corps Program. It can, however, strengthen your application and make you a more competitive candidate for an invitation to service.***
I. Training + Experience: coursework and experience depends on chosen program area -
- Three (3) courses relevant to your chosen program area (Education, Health, Environment, Agriculture, Youth in Development, Community Economic Development)
- Fifty (50) hours of relevant field experience through community outreach volunteer work or service learning internships/courses. Explore Service Learning courses at UGA here. The 50 hours of field experience may be met through a single UGA/community program or multiple programs/activities.
- See attached document here for examples of the kinds of courses taken to meet the program area requirement. It also includes sample ideas for meeting the field experience requirement.
II. Foreign Language Skills: coursework requirements depend on country where you would like to serve -
- For Spanish-speaking countries - at least two intermediate Spanish courses (through SPAN2002)
- For French-speaking African countries - at least one intermediate French course (through FREN2001)
- For other countries - at least three semesters of any language (note: this is a requirement of the UGA Peace Corps Prep Program, not a Peace Corps requirement)
- If you are a strong native speaker of a certain language and would like to serve in a country that speaks the same language, you can skip this requirement!
III. Intercultural Competence: three (3) approved courses (consult with Peace Corps Prep Coordinator if you think another course will meet this requirement); some examples below -
- At least one (1) core course on cultural diversity and intercultural communication, such as -
- EDUC 2120 - Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives in Diversity
- ENGL 2400 — Multicultural Literature in America
- ANTH 3540 - Multicultural Health Care
- PSYC (AFAM) 2150 - Understanding Cultural Diversity
- SPAN 2550 - Latino Literature, Language, and Culture
- SPCM 4800 - Intercultural Communication
- SPCM 1800 - Cultural Diversity in Communication
- SOCI (AFAM) 3300 - Global Perspectives on Racism and Sexism
- Workforce Diversity Certificate (for Terry Students)
OR: UGA students typically meet this 1 core course on cultural diversity through the required cultural diversity course they take as undergraduates. See the full listing of courses by college/school that count for this requirement, here: http://www.bulletin.uga.edu/Bulletin/cultural_div_college_req.html
NOTE: It is possible some coursework requirements for areas I, II, and III above may also be met through participation in study abroad programs offered by UGA's Office of International Education. If interested in study abroad, please review the list of courses offered by the program that interests you, including (but not limited to) -
- Two (2) additional, globally-oriented courses from one or more of the following categories -
- Africa/Middle East
- Latin America/Caribbean
- Global Studies
IV. Professional & Leadership Development: three (3) of the following activities -
- Resume critique by someone at the UGA Career Center*
- Workshop or class on interview skills at the UGA Career Center
- At least one significant leadership experience that you can discuss thoughtfully (e.g. organizing a campus event, leading a volunteer or work project, serving in a leadership role within a student organization, etc.)
*Please do not have the Career Center critique your résumé earlier than 1.5 years before graduation, as you will be applying for Peace Corps one year before you depart for service. Also, please remember: the résumé you draft for your Peace Corps application typically will be longer and more detailed than a standard Career Center résumé. UGA’s Peace Corps recruiter is available to provide guidance on your résumé as you develop your application for Peace Corps service.
Peace Corps Prep Certificate Point of Contact
The University of Georgia
290 South Hull Street