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Peace Corps Worker (Volunteer)

Overview: Peace Corps volunteers teach and provide guidance in social and technical projects to people in foreign developing countries. The 2-year assignments have proven to be a valuable career development and personally rewarding experience for young, new college graduates.
Duties: They utilize their college training & work experience in fields such as healthcare, education, natural resource management, agriculture, business, home economics and engineering technoloy.

Upon arrival in the foreign country, they spend up to 3 months learning the language, customs, ethics and needs of the community residents with whom they will be working.

They develop training programs, organize classes and teach village residents skills in nutrition, healthcare and hygiene. They also teach literacy and technical work skills.

They propose and assist in the planning of community projects of a physical nature such as sanitary systems and farming techniques, and social projects such as educational systems.

Degree(s): A.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences 
A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science) 
Job Outlook: Employment of Peace Corps volunteers will grow as fast as average through 2018. Peace Corps assignments are available for new applicants each year in dozens of countries. Assignments average two years. Returning volunteers receive preferential hiring status for government positions.
Starting Salary: Peace Corps workers receive a complete cost-of-living allowance as well as a monetary adjustment upon assignment completion. Tuition benefits are available to those returning to college and old student loans may be reduced or canceled.
Salary Range (National Average): $20,000 to $26,000
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: A college education either at the associate, bachelor, or master's degree level can prepare you for an international assignment in the Peace Corps. Most assignments are in fields of education, health, agriculture/aquaculture, natural resources, environmental sciences and business management. Peace Corps job skills training lasts between 8 to 14 weeks in host countries and includes intensive language and cultural training for that particular country.
Recommended Skills:
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Teaching others how to do something.
Recommended Values:
  • Being involved in helping other people in a direct way either individually or in a small group.
  • Doing something to contribute to the betterment of the world. Doing something for the greater good.
  • Having duties which involve frequent physical, financial, or social risk taking.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.