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This is the largest area of need for Peace Corps countries. Education Volunteers team-teach or directly teach English, health, literacy, math, and science. Education Volunteers strengthen local capacity by training and mentoring teachers in primary and secondary schools, teacher training colleges, and universities. Volunteers work with teachers to improve participatory teaching methodologies, inclusion practices, classroom management, authentic assessments, parental involvement, and gender equality in the classroom. They also create after-school programs, clubs, and camps for boys and girls to promote HIV/AIDS prevention and life skills.

Required Academic Coursework:

You are required to complete 15 credits of coursework in one or more of the following areas related to Education:

  • Human Cognition
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Education
  • Educational Psychology
  • Teaching or Group Facilitation Methods

All education positions require at least a bachelor's degree and a minimum GPA of 2.5.

English Teachers will need additional coursework in the following areas to be competitive applicants to the Peace Corps:

  • English
  • Linguistics or TEFL
  • Foreign Language

Science and Math Teachers will need additional coursework in the following areas to be competitive candidates to the Peace Corps:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Engineering/Science/Studies
  • Math
  • Physics

Required Enhancement Activities:

You are required to complete 200 hours of internship, study abroad, employment, or volunteer experience in one (or more) of these relevant areas.

  • Adult Tutoring
  • Camp Counseling
  • Civics Education
  • Classroom or Small Group Teaching
  • Community Organizing
  • Computer Literacy
  • Curriculum/Lesson Development
  • Drama or Musical Activities
  • English, TEFL, Literacy, or Foreign Language Tutoring
  • Environmental Education
  • Health Education
  • Middle or High School Tutoring
  • Youth Group Counseling
  • Youth Mentorship

Opportunities and Resources Specific to Volunteering in Education:

Featured Blog

Michelle Harper Kowalczyk, or "M" of the That's My J&M! blog, is the founder of UW Tacoma's Peace Corps Prep Program and former Associate Director of Student Involvement. Together "M" and her husband Joe Harper Kowalczyk, or "J", are now serving as Peace Corps Volunteers in South Africa. Share their journey:

Blog content and photo courtesy of Michelle and Joe Harper Kowalczyk.

Education Video

Video courtesy of the U.S. Peace Corps.