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How does the Peace Corps treat potential volunteers with a history of mental health issues? I am very interested in joining after I graduate but I do currently take medicine for anxiety and depression and I've heard that it is very unlikely that people with mental health issues will be accepted when they apply. Is this true?

There is no one sure answer to this question. You should review the medical information at this site: https://www.peacecorps.gov/volunteer/health-and-safety/medical-information-applicants/. But more importantly to this question, at the very bottom of that page is the contact information to speak ...

What's a day in the life of a Community Health Technical Advisor at Peace Corps like?

A day in the life of a Peace Corps volunteer is really what you make of it, so volunteers need to be self-motivated. For me, I worked in an urban environment with a non-profit, so there was some structure. As a Community Health Technical Advisor, I taught women to be community health workers. I a...
Day in the Life Advisor Peace Corps Community Health Community Health Technical Advisor
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What are some entry-level opportunities in the same industry as Peace Corps?

Similar opportunities can be found at many organizations. They vary in scope, length of commitment, and cost. Idealist would be a good place to search for opportunities. Also, there is a book on alternatives to Peace Corps.
Volunteer Entry-level Peace Corps Government Agency
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I'm curious what I can do to prepare myself for an upcoming interview for a country desk officer position in the Peace Corps!

Learn as much as you can about Peace Corps, their work overseas, and the region in which the position is located. Having some knowledge of the area of the world you will be representing is a huge plus. If you are a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, be sure briefly (very briefly) discuss your experi...
Interview Peace Corps Government Agency Country Desk Officer
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How would you describe the company culture at US Peace Corps?

Peace Corps as a US organization is overall pretty good. They make sure to take your best interests into consideration and work to ensure a positive volunteer experience. However the Peace Corps employees volunteers will be engaging with on a day to day basis will entirely depend on your country ...
Government Company Culture Peace Corps
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What should I know going into the interview process for a community economic empowerment specialist position in the Peace Corps?

The interview is, I'm assuming, a little different now than when I did it because Peace Corps changed the application process and now you can pick specifically your country and sector whereas when I applied you couldn't do that. However, the recruiter will want to know concrete examples of how yo...
Interview Specialist Peace Corps Government Agency Economic Development Community Economic Empowerment
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What responsibilities would I take on as a community economic empowerment specialist in the Peace Corps?

It honestly depends on the country you're serving in and the community you are placed in. Volunteer life and projects can vary greatly even within the same country. Your projects can range from working with youth in schools, taking on community improvement projects, working with local businesses ...
Day in the Life Specialist Peace Corps Government Agency Economic Development Community Economic Empowerment
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Could my major in peace and justice studies prepare me to take on the role of a community economic empowerment specialist in the Peace Corps?

My undergraduate major was International Security and Conflict Resolution (SDSU) and my Master's is in Peace and Justice, so I came in with a very strong understanding of international development, political affairs, global issues, etc. My Master's gave my an extra leg-up so to speak as far as un...
College Major Specialist Peace Corps Government Agency Economic Development Community Economic Empowerment Criminal Justice/Criminology
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