Peace Corps

Welcome to the Peace Corps Prep Program        

The Peace Corps Prep Program is a formal cooperative agreement between Elon University and the Peace Corps.  The Peace Corps and Elon University are a natural “fit”. Elon’s values of global citizenship, experiential learning, study abroad, service and academic rigor are in line with Peace Corps values.

The Elon program is housed in the Environmental Studies Department and focuses on preparing students with skills in sustainable agriculture, responsible architecture and environmental management. This provides each student with a basic skill set the Peace Corps and its participatory countries need for successful community projects. This preparation also helps each participant maximize their Peace Corps service and personal experiences. While the program does not guarantee acceptance into Peace Corps, students participating in the program will gain skills which are an advantage in the competitive Peace Corps application process and in other international development work. Read more about the partnership here.

“Elon University encourages its students to make a difference by becoming global leaders through community service and international study,” said acting Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. “Elon couldn’t be a better fit for the Peace Corps Prep program. We are thrilled to welcome them as a partner ...”

 

 

"Diving into another new culture and language after Elon was the hardest and best thing I have done on many personal and professional levels. I have been back to my host country a couple times, and the friendships and working relationships continue to show that Peace Corps is an excellent way for the people of the USA to learn and share in beautifully humanizing ways." - Greg Halzen, '03, Volunteered in Bulgaria 2004-2006