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.

Program Goals and Evaluation

The primary goal of the PCPP at UNCW is to introduce students to a variety of global issues and to the Peace Corps as an organization to address global issues. Through this process it is expected that the program will serve to stimulate participants to apply for Peace Corps service upon graduation. In addition, we expect this program will serve a conduit to involve students in local and international service opportunities during their professional preparation. Professional program evaluators who have had extensive experience with program evaluation methods will conduct the program evaluation of the PCPP. The evaluation will consist of both process and outcome methods with reports produced on a yearly basis. Demographic data will also be collected about the program's participants.

Social and professional opportunities for Peace Corps Prep students to collaborate with and support one another. PCP Fellows will come to understand and appreciate the social and professional benefits through the following:

  • Community cafe is a monthly gathering of PCP fellows and advisors to check in on PCP participants' progress, share and exchange news and resources. These sessions may also
    be used as opportunities for community-building and professional development through book discussion, invited speakers on important local or global issues or topics, film discussion, and student displays of service and academic work relevant to PCP program;
  • helpful materials for getting involved with global service projects and other servicelearning
  • Regular meetings with advisors to monitor fellow progress each semester;
  • Creating a community that brings together international students on campus with PCP fellows, developing and implementing group service projects, and monthly gatherings/meetings including RPCV s in community and on campus;
  • Annual PCP service-learning project in the surrounding community;
  • Connect UNCW PCP Fellows with PCP students at other universities in the Southeast (Elon and NC State for example);
  • Sponsoring a mini-conference for PCP students in the region;
  • Connect students as participants, presenters, and organizers in campus international week, and the College of education annual international conference.

Peace Corps Prep Program Acknowledgements:

All graduates of the Peace Corps Prep program will receive a certificate of completion suitable for framing from the office oflnternational Programs. Some graduates of the Peace Corps Prep program will receive additional acknowledgements from their academic departments/programs. At UNCW, all students must complete "transdisciplinary clusters" of approved courses on a variety of themes. Courses required for the Peace Corps Prep program will be packaged, so as to meet the cluster requirement. The Public Health Studies program, for example, plans to develop the Peace Corps Prep program into a concentration. Other programs may develop concentrations or minors once the Peace Corps Prep program is approved. We recognize that the PCPP is an organic process, and once the program is established, academic programs and individual students will be able to decide how the program can best meet their needs.

In 2007, Peace Corps established the Peace Corps Prep program with the twin goals of fostering stronger partnerships between undergraduate institutions and developing a pipeline of highly qualified Peace Corps applicants.

The program consists of select courses and a community service component chosen by the school to help prepare students for international development work and potential Peace Corps service. Peace Corps does not guarantee undergraduate participants the opportunity to serve in the Peace Corps, however, students participating in the program will gain skills which will make them more competitive Peace Corps applicants. Students who successfully complete the program will also receive official recognition by the Peace Corps.

Why Peace Corps?

To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women; to help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served; and to help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans