The Peace Corps Prep Program (PC Prep) at the University of Oklahoma prepares students for service as a Peace Corps volunteer. Qualified undergraduate students can apply to take part in the program, which equips students in four areas: intercultural competence, sector-specific skills, language development, and professionalism and leadership. After completing the program, students receive a certificate from the Peace Corps. While completion of the program does not guarantee that applicants are selected for service, it makes students much more competitive applicants for Peace Corps volunteer positions.
The program is open to all undergraduate students at the University of Oklahoma. PC Prep not only prepares students for service in the Peace Corps, but also demonstrates to employers a dedication to community service, international affairs, cultural understanding and adaptability.
Peace Corps Prep at OU currently offers certificates in 3 sectors:
Volunteers lead grassroots efforts to protect the environment and strengthen understanding of environmental issues. They teach environmental awareness in schools and to local organizations, empowering communities to make their own decisions about conserving the local environment.
Volunteers also address environmental degradation by promoting sustainable use of natural resources.
Health Volunteers work within their communities to promote important topics such as nutrition, maternal and child health, basic hygiene and water sanitation.
Volunteers also work in HIV/AIDS education and prevention programs, where they train youth as peer educators, provide support to children orphaned by the disease, and create programs that provide emotional and financial support to families and communities affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Community Economic Development
Volunteers work with development banks, nongovernmental organizations and municipalities to encourage economic opportunities in communities. They frequently teach in classroom settings as well as work with entrepreneurs and business owners to develop and market their products.
Some volunteers also teach basic computer skills and help communities take advantage of technologies that connect them to the global marketplace.
PC Prep is open to all undergraduate students at OU, regardless of major. Applicants should note that service in the Peace Corps is only open to US Citizens.
- One core course from the options listed below:
- IAS 2003: Understanding the Global Community
- ANTH 2203 Global Cultural Diversity
- WGS 2223 Intro to Social Justice
- AFAM 2003 Intro to African & AFAM Studies
- COMM 3513 Intercultural Communication
- LSCS 3113 Intro – World Cultural Studies
- HR 3413 Cultural Awareness in Human Relations
- Two additional intercultural courses or experiences
- Spanish-speaking countries: two 200-level Spanish courses
- French-speaking countries: one 200-level courses in ANY romance language
- All other destinations: no specific requirements, language courses are highly recommended.
- Three courses related to your sector
- 50 hours of sector-related volunteer experience
- Resumé critique from OU's Career Services
- Mock interview with OU's Career Services
- One significant leadership experience (on or off campus)
Photo credits: Peace Corps.