Elon 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.
Elon Peace Corps Prep Program currently covers four Peace Corps Services areas, the environment, agriculture, education (TESOL), and global health. Additional tracks are in development.
The Environment and Agriculture tracks prepare students with skills in sustainable agriculture, responsible architecture, and environmental management. They provide each student with a basic skill set desired by the Peace Corps and its participatory countries 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.
“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.”
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