The Peace Corps gives you the opportunity to make a difference in your life and the lives of others. Live, learn, and work in an overseas community, and gain an invaluable cross-cultural leadership experience to help launch or transform your career. Here are some resources to help you get started on the experience of a lifetime!
Steps to submitting your Peace Corps application:
Fill out the online application.
Less than 1 hour
Complete the Health History Form
Provide your health history so we can match you with countries that can support your medical needs.
Within 2 business days
Browse current openings and pick where you want to serve and what you want to do.
As soon as possible
Soft Skills Questionnaire
Give the Peace Corps an idea of your work style and the environment in which you excel.
After you submit your choices
If selected to interview, talk to a Peace Corps placement officer about your skills and interests.
Prior to your “know by” date
If chosen, receive and respond to your invitation to serve. Congratulations!
Between 2–6 months
Get the final OK from the Peace Corps Medical Office to serve abroad.
Begins upon invitation
Embark on your Peace Corps service assignment, starting with training in the U.S.
- Peace Corps: The Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. From that inspiration grew an agency of the federal government devoted to world peace and friendship. http://www.peacecorps.gov/
- Office of International Education: Opportunities to volunteer or study abroad while a student.
- WWOOF: Gain Agriculture experience by volunteering abroad with the World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) program.
- Leeds School of Business: Undergraduate Mentoring & Career Development.
- CU Museum: Assist the CU museum in hosting exhibits and events.
- INVST Community Leadership Program: INVST is a two-year experience that combines 1st hand experience with classroom learning and comprehensive leadership skills training. INVST students engage in an interdisciplinary exploration of issues relevant to community leadership for social and environmental change. The INVST program includes two month-long summer service-learning experiences, the Climate Justice Summer and the Economic Justice Summer. In INVST, students earn either a certificate or minor in Leadership Studies, gain extensive career development support, and enjoy personalized instruction. For more information, call 303-492-8045.
- Student Ambassadors: Help with all kinds of recruiting activities, including visit programs, campus tours, and information panels. If you're interested in becoming a student ambassador or a tour guide, stop by the Office of Admissions in Regent 125 or call 303-492-1250. If you're an engineering student, stop by ECAD 100, call 303-492-7674, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Special Undergraduate Enrichment Programs: A listing of special programs some of which involve service learning.
- Volunteer Resource Center: The VRC connects volunteers with non-profit agencies and provides information on national and international programs. The VRC's Service Days/Breaks program allows students to help the community through one-time service projects. Stop by UMC 356, or call 303-735-2315.
- CU4K12: Provides information on CU's K-12 outreach programs.
- International English Center: Gain experience in English as a Second Language (ESL) by working with people from a variety of cultures. The IEC is looking for individuals committed to helping members of the community whose native language is not English.
- Science Discovery: Assist in teaching children in the sciences.
- Environmental Center: Volunteer opportunities that range from teaching environmental education in local schools to working on changing campus policies related to energy, alternative transportation, and more. Call 303.492.8308, email: email@example.com or check out thesustainable events calendar.
- Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center: Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center is the only non-profit nature center in Boulder County. Since 1995, Wild Bear’s mission is to provide year round educational programs to people of all ages fostering a life-long appreciation of the environment and promoting an environmentally aware and ecologically sound community.
- Global Brigades at CU: Global Brigades is the world’s largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization. Since 2004, Global Brigades has mobilized tens of thousands of university students and professionals through skill-based programs that work in partnership with community members to improve quality of life in under resourced regions while respecting local culture.
- Habitat for Humanity: Help to build houses for the underprivileged. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Second Mile Water: Second Mile Water (2MW) provides a framework to live a better story – to adventure well, to create community, and to have an impact in the world.
- Wardenburg COURAGE: Volunteers for the CU Rape and Gender Education Program (COURAGE) feel that we have a unique opportunity to raise awareness about rape, dating violence and sexual harassment on our campus. Call 303-492-4339, 303-492-2937
- ACTFL OPI Exam: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI).
- AP Exam: Advanced Placement (AP) exam.
- CLEP Exam: College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) World Languages Exam.
- Need some brushing up? Check out the Peace Corps Language Courses Archive or register for an Anderson Language and Technology Center (ALTEC) Non-Credit Language Class.
- GLBT Resource Center: There are two ways to volunteer at the GLBT Resource Center. First, project volunteers work in teams to complete assigned tasks and projects. Second, the Peer Mentor program is staffed by experienced students. Peer Mentors help mentees with the many challenges of coming out.
- Office of Community Affairs: The Office of Community Affairs is committed to partnership between the Boulder campus and Colorado communities. We integrate the university’s education, research and service mission with the goals and needs of the communities we serve. CU in the Community partnerships feature a diverse, interdisciplinary range of outreach programs from the Boulder campus, many of which are listed on the CU4K12 web site. For more information, visit
- Office of University Outreach, Continuing Education: Outreach is a program, administered through the Divison of Continuing Education, whose purpose is to extend the university's "expertise for the direct benefit of Colorado communities and other external audiences." The program provides grant funds for faculty sponsored outreach programs which serve community needs. Outreach also assists faculty in outreach efforts, helps communities access university resources and provides professional development for Colorado's K-12 teachers. For more information, visit
- Service Learning Center: Provides financial awards to students engaged in service and resources for development of service learning courses that integrate learning in the classroom and community. Many CU courses offer service learning opportunities such as the University Writing and Rhetoric Program (UWRP), Architecture, Kinesiology, and just about every other major field of study.
- SORCE: The Student Outreach Retention Center for Equity is dedicated to providing strategies to prospective college students so that they develop an action plan that results in a degree in higher education.
- Women's Resource Center: Help to achieve gender e quality on the CU campus.