Common questions

Do Peace Corps Volunteers get vacation?

Do Peace Corps Volunteers get vacation?

Travel benefits The Peace Corps covers the cost of transportation to and from the country of service. Each Volunteer receives two paid vacation days per month of service, and many use this time to travel to nearby countries. Some invite family or friends to visit so they can share their experience of the host country.

How long do Peace Corps trips last?

Position duration ranges from 3-12 months. The average duration is 10 months. Host countries identify positions based on their needs.

Has anyone died in the Peace Corps?

Deaths in the Peace Corps are relatively rare, and often occur as a result of an accident or injuries. Including Ms. Heiderman, nine volunteers have died in the past three years.

Can family visit during Peace Corps?

Family members and friends are welcome to visit Volunteers during their service, with a few restrictions. Although Volunteers have vacation days, which they can choose to spend with their visitors, they must obtain prior approval from their Peace Corps and host country supervisors for leave (like any job).

What’s wrong with Peace Corps?

Another criticism of the Peace Corps is vulnerability of volunteers to crime. Serving in isolated areas in cultures with different values and attitudes, combined with extreme poverty in some cases, has lead to many cases of robbery and some assaults.

How much is the monthly stipend for Peace Corps?

As a Volunteer, both your readjustment allowance (accrued at the rate of $375 per month and paid at the end of service) and a small percentage of your monthly living allowance constitute earnings for Social Security purposes.

What is the acceptance rate for the Peace Corps?

The Peace Corps claims that about 1 in 3 applicants eventually becomes a volunteer, implying that the agency is about as selective as many elite schools in the United States.

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