UCEAP and Peace Corps Announce New Peace Corps Prep ProgramDATE: 6/15/2017
Goleta, CA (June 9, 2017) – The University of California Education Abroad Program and the Peace Corps announced a new partnership that will provide students with the opportunity to participate in a new certificate program. Peace Corps Prep, which will officially launch in September 2017, combines targeted coursework with hands-on experiences designed to build competencies needed to be strong Peace Corps volunteers or intercultural fieldworkers.
Dr. Vivian-Lee Nyitray, UCEAP Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director, expressed her delight in having this opportunity exist across the system. According to Nyitray, the program “will not only ready our students for a possible post-graduate service opportunity with the Peace Corps, but they will also discover that their UCEAP experience can inform other career and volunteer options.” She noted her appreciation to the program for providing students with an additional chance to “reflect deliberately on the value of their experience abroad.”
Peace Corps Prep is an interdisciplinary certificate program housed by UCEAP and will be open to students at all nine of the University of California’s undergraduate campuses. Students will focus their development on leadership and a professional sector of their choice, including education, health and the environment. They will also study language, develop intercultural competency skills and study abroad with UCEAP. These experiences will give them a competitive edge when applying for Peace Corps service and throughout their careers.
Established in 2007, the Peace Corps Prep program aims to meet the demand for volunteers with a broad and relevant set of expertise and to support universities’ efforts to provide substantive, globally focused experiences for students. While there are Peace Corps Prep partnerships with 123 institutions across the United States, the partnership with UCEAP is the first systemwide agreement.
The University of California has a long tradition of service with the Peace Corps, with more than 11,000 alumni who have served since the organization’s founding in 1961. The University of California’s flagship campus, UC Berkeley, is the number one producer of Peace Corps volunteers.
The Peace Corps sends Americans with a passion for service abroad on behalf of the United States to work with communities and create lasting change. Volunteers develop sustainable solutions to address challenges in education, health, economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development. Through their Peace Corps experience, volunteers gain a unique cultural understanding and a life-long commitment to service that positions them to succeed in today's global economy. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, more than 225,000 Americans of all ages have served in 141 countries worldwide.