Strengthen Your Application

What the Peace Corps is Looking for in a Volunteer Applicant

The type of work a Volunteer does is determined by the needs and priorities of a host country, and the potential of a Volunteer to contribute to these priorities. You must meet the minimum educational and experience qualifications of an available assignment to be considered for Peace Corps service. Visit for more information on sector requirements. If you do not have a specialized degree in any of our six work sectors, you may qualify with a bachelor’s degree in any discipline, paired with volunteer and work experience listed below:



3-6 months of full-time experience with a large-scale commercial, or family-run business involving vegetable gardening, farming, nursery work, tree planting and care, urban forestry, livestock care or management, or fisheries work.


Local Resource for Agriculture Volunteer Opportunities

Student Organic Farm Training

A diverse group of undergraduate and graduate students who share common interests in growing food sustainably and having fun.


Education or Foreign Language Instruction

3-6 months of English or foreign language instruction or tutoring experience in a structured program with training. You must provide at least 10 hours of instruction or tutoring each month. All education positions require a minimum GPA of 2.5.


Local Resources for Education Volunteer Opportunities

Boys and Girls Club – Spalding House

A safe place for youth to learn and grow through ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals. Help elementary & middle school students with homework Mon-Thurs 2:30pm-3:30pm, and help teens with homework Mon-Thurs from 5:30pm-6:30pm.


Pololo Pipeline

The Pipeline gives students opportunities to tutor Palolo youth.


Project SHINE

Since 1996, Chaminade students have worked with Kapi’olani Community College and the University of Hawai’i at Manoa to help elder immigrants learn the English and civic skills necessary for becoming citizens.


Health Extension

3-6 months of volunteer work experience in health education, specifically educating youth, high-risk groups, peers, or the general public in health lifestyle promotion and/or disease prevention. Most in demand is experience in HIV/AIDS, family planning, and/or nutrition education.


Local Resources for Health Extension Volunteer Opportunities

Life Foundation 

Life Foundation is dedicated to fighting AIDS in Hawaii through aggressive HIV prevention and testing, as well as caring and supportive services for those living with HIV/AIDS.


UHM Health Promotion Program

Health Promotion outreach activities provide knowledge and decision-making strategies to enable students to make lifestyle choices that promote well-being and college success.


Foreign Language Skills

The ability to speak a second language is not required to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer. However, in some regions, including Latin America and parts of Africa, it is preferred that Volunteers know Spanish or French prior to arrival. Competitive applicants have completed at least two semesters of Spanish or French at the university level.


Leadership and Community Service

The Peace Corps seeks applicants with leadership skills and community service. Qualifying volunteer experiences are supervised, structured assignments that meet specific community needs.


For additional volunteer opportunities, please visit the Service Learning Program