Peace Corps Prep

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The Peace Corps Prep Program is designed to prepare students for international development fieldwork and potential Peace Corps service. Students build four core competencies through interrelated coursework, hands-on service-learning, and professional development support. These four competencies are the following:

  • Training and experience in a work sector
  • Foreign language skills
  • Intercultural competence
  • Professional and leadership development

For questions about Peace Corps Prep at Missouri State, contact Alex Johnson:

417-836-4840 | AlexJohnson@MissouriState.edu | Schedule an appointment

Peace Corps Prep allows a Peace Corps affiliated institution to suggest curriculum and guidance to prepare students for international service. Students will engage in MSU’s Public Affairs mission, including the pillars of Cultural Competence, Ethical Leadership, and Community Engagement. Participants will take courses in foreign language, service-learning, international development and content specific areas. The program will also engage students in a variety of other activities, such as: 

  • Service-learning field experiences that highlight community engagement and public service 

  • Development of essential skills and a personal profile to excel in global service activities 

  • Preparation for the Peace Corps application process 

  • Creation of competitive, long-term career skills 

Although the program does not ensure acceptance into the Peace Corps, it prepares highly qualified graduates for the Peace Corps program or similar work in global societies after graduation.