WWU's graduates have a long tradition of serving as Peace Corps Volunteers in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. As a Peace Corps Volunteer, you can put your skills, education and training to practical use and make a difference in areas such as:
- environmental planning or education
- TESL, secondary education, vocational education or teacher training
- business advising, cooperative development or information technology
- community development, youth programs, or social services
- health or AIDS/HIV education,
- sustainable agriculture or forestry
Peace Corps Volunteers earn a monthly living allowance enabling them to live a comfortable, modest lifestyle in host communities. Medical and dental care is provided, as is transportation to and from the country of service. At the completion of a two-year term of service, Volunteers receive more than $8,000 (pre-tax) to help them readjust to life back home. In some cases, student loans are deferred or partially forgiven.
You will gain valuable experience that is highly sought by employers. In the global marketplace, the international experience, cross-cultural knowledge, and leadership skills that you obtain in the Peace Corps will serve as a foundation for a successful career.
A Peace Corps Representative is available for Western students and community members in the Bellingham area.