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.
Elon Peace Corps Prep Program currently covers three Peace Corps Services areas, the environment, agriculture, and global health.
The Environmental Science and Agriculture track prepares 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.
The Global Health Track provides students with a broad understanding of factors which influence human health across the globe. Coursework includes a focus on the cultural meaning of health and illness as well as drawing attention to the role that poverty and inequity plays in health disparities across contexts. The Global Health Track would be especially relevant to those students who wish to work in low resource communities addressing health-related issues.
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.”
If you are interested in the Elon Peace Corps Prep Program, sign up here.
"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
The new track is the third in Elon's Peace Corps Prep program, which launched in 2013.
As she applies to serve with the Peace Corps in Peru, Lily Merritt, who finishes her degree program this month, is the first student to complete the requirements of a new track focused on global health in Elon University’s Peace Corps Prep Program.
Erin Lawless ’03 visited campus in February and spoke with students about her experiences in the Peace Corps.