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Peace Corps Prep Program

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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.

For the full requirements of the Peace Corps Prep program at OU, read our student guide (PDF).

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Want to chat about the program or get assistance with the application?

Email Peace Corps Prep coordinator Maura McAndrew at mmcandrew@ou.edu to set up a meeting.

Certificate Sectors

Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi

Volunteers work with small-scale farmers and families to increase food security and production and adapt to climate change while promoting environmental conservation. 

They introduce farmers to techniques that prevent soil erosion, reduce the use of harmful pesticides, and replenish the soil. They work alongside farmers on integrated projects that often combine vegetable gardening, livestock management, agroforestry, and nutrition education.

Learn more about Agriculture

Peace Corps Volunteer in Guyana

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.

Learn more about Community Economic Development

Peace Corps Volunteer in Liberia

Education is the Peace Corps’ largest program area. Volunteers play an important role in creating links among schools, parents, and communities. They may work in elementary, secondary, or post secondary schools, teaching subjects such as math, science, or conversational English; or as resource teachers or teacher trainers. Volunteers also develop libraries and technology resource centers.

Teaching English as a Foreign Language certificate program
Some programs afford Volunteers the opportunity to earn a recognized teaching credential during Peace Corps service, a unique opportunity to meet global professional English standards. View TEFL program details.

Learn more about Education

Peace Corps Volunteer in Cambodia

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.
 

Learn more about Environment

Peace Corps Volunteer in Cambodia

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.

Learn more about Health

Peace Corps Volunteer in Nicaragua

Volunteers work with youth in communities to promote engagement and active citizenship, including gender awareness, employability, health and HIV/AIDS education, environmental awareness, sports and fitness programs, and information technology.

Learn more about Youth In Development

Eligibility

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 U.S. citizens.

Requirements

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For more information on requirements, see the Student Guide.

NOTE: The student guide currently only includes recommended courses and explanations for three sectors: community economic development, environment, and health. We are working on getting this updated to include all six sectors.

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)

Contact & Resources

Questions? Email OU Peace Corps Prep coordinator Maura McAndrew at mmcandrew@ou.edu.

 

Apply

  • Applications are accepted year 'round.
  • After submitting your application, the Peace Corps Prep coordinator will contact you to discuss your plans for completing the program.

Want to learn more about the program before you apply? Email Peace Corps Prep Coordinator Maura McAndrew at mmcandrew@ou.edu to set up an appointment. 

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Photo credits: Peace Corps.