Make a difference

Caroline Burns ’15 served in the Peace Corps in Rwanda from 2016 to 2018 as a maternal and child health volunteer.
Photo: courtesy Caroline Burns

Calling all changemakers.

The Peace Corps Prep program is designed to prepare you for international development field work, careers in international service, and Peace Corps service.

Open to all URI undergraduate students with any major, the program pairs selected courses with leadership and community service to help prepare you for global service work. When you graduate, you will receive an official Certificate of Completion from the Peace Corps. This means you’ll have a competitive edge when applying either to be a Peace Corps volunteer, or for other international development work.

Photos Courtesy: © Peace Corps

Why Peace Corps Prep

Build professional skills

Gain training and experience–including internship opportunities–in one of the six Peace Corps work sectors: agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health, and youth in development.

Globalize your education

Develop your foreign language skills in our world-class language department and explore the many study abroad options URI offers. We’ll help you select courses and find experiences to prepare you to collaborate across cultures.

Make a difference

International development work transforms the lives of volunteers and the communities they serve. In the Peace Corp Prep Program, you’ll develop the skills you’ll need to work towards meaningful change in the world.

For the rest of your life, you become the person who is always trying to make things better. You don’t look around for others to fix things and you feel a sense of responsibility, which is a good thing. If everyone on the planet felt that way, what a better world this would be.
Kelly Kittel ’83 Peace Corps, Jamaica 85-87, Environmental Sector
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