UNCW Peace Corps Prep Program
The Peace Corps Prep Program is intended to be a component of an undergraduate curriculum, consisting of experiential-based community service and selected courses, which will help prepare students for volunteer service in international development, potentially with the Peace Corps.

The Peace Corps Prep Program at UNCW

The Peace Corps Prep Program (PCPP) is a is a cooperative endeavor between the University of North Carolina Wilmington and the Peace Corps, an independent US government agency that sends Americans abroad on two-year volunteer assignments. The goal of the program is to prepare UNCW students to successfully apply to and serve overseas with the Peace Corps. Enrolled students complete four primary objectives by developing skills in:

  1. A specific work sector, through both coursework and hands-on experience
  2. A foreign language, through coursework or an alternative learning process
  3. Intercultural competence, through coursework
  4. Leadership and professionalism, through on-campus resources and extracurricular experiences

Students who successfully complete the program receive a certificate from the Peace Corps and a signed completion document from the campus coordinator, which they may then include with an application to the Peace Corps. While completion of the program does not guarantee acceptance to the Peace Corps, it significantly increases an applicant's competitiveness, and has the added benefit of preparing the applicant for other internationally-oriented work opportunities. Students should note that the certificate will not show up on their degree audit, as it is granted by the Peace Corps itself rather than UNCW.

The Peace Corps Mission

To promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:
  1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
  2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
  3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

To find out more about the Peace Corps and what volunteers do, visit the official website at peacecorps.gov.