Peace Corps

Peace Corps — Make the Most of Your World

Indiana University is proud of our long-standing and significant role in promoting Peace Corps on our campus. Consistently in the top tier, IU ranked 20th in 2020 for alumni volunteers. Since 1961, more than 1,748 Hoosiers have put their education and experience to work around the world in the areas of education, health, environment, community and economic development, agriculture, and youth in development.

Peace Corps is an international service organization of the United States. The Peace Corps sends Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Peace Corps Volunteers work at the grassroots level toward sustainable change that lives on long after their service while at the same time becoming global citizens and serving their country.

The world has changed quite a lot since the Peace Corps was first established, and the need for Peace Corps Volunteers is more relevant than ever. The Peace Corps continues its original mission based on three simple goals:

1. Helping people of interested countries in meeting their needs for trained men and women.
2. Helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
3. Helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of all Americans.

Indiana University employs a campus-based Peace Corps Recruiter who is responsible for providing advice and insight to those interested in Peace Corps service. The Recruiter is your face-to-face resource to learn about opportunities with the Peace Corps, the application process, and what the life of a Peace Corps Volunteer entails. The Peace Corps Recruiter is housed within the Walter Center for Career Achievement in Ernie Pyle Hall.

Interested in Applying? 

The health, safety, and security of Volunteers are the highest priority of the Peace Corps. On March 15, the agency announced it would temporarily suspend all volunteer operations and begin evacuating volunteers due to the COVID-19 outbreak. These evacuations represent the temporary suspension of volunteer activities and posts will remain open. Normal operations will resume when conditions permit.

Contact Your Peace Corps Recruiter
Vicki Runion • vrunion@iu.edu(812)-855-9257
Office hours: Virtually Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  Email vrunion@iu.edu to schedule an appointment.

Upcoming Application Deadlines
April 1st & July 1st: These positions depart from October 2020 through March 2021.

Consider the Prep Program
The Hamilton Lugar School for Global and International studies has a Global Service and Peace Corps Prep certificate that allows you to earn academic credit while preparing yourself for possible Peace Corps service.

Attend an Event:

Meet your Peace Corps Recruiter at these Spring Semester Events:

Peace Corps at First Nations Cultural Center Powwow!  *Cancelled due to COVID-19

 Invitee Send-Off Event  *Cancelled due to COVID-19
April 15, 7-8 PM, Ernie Pyle Hall 252
Calling all Peace Corps invitees — this party is for you! Feel free to bring friends and family and join returned volunteers to celebrate as you embark on your great adventure! Food provided! RSVP at vrunion@iu.edu.

 


Updates from Kat:

Join us as we keep in touch with Katye Lester, an IU ’19 alum and former Peace Corps Campus Ambassador. She’s serving in the Youth in Development sector in Ecuador.

January: (Happy New Year!)  Kat’s family visited her over the holidays!
The photo with my family and my host family is when we went to my site. We gave my host family Christmas presents and shared breakfast and ice cream.  The pictures with the alpacas is from when we were in Quito and went to the “Teleférico” (cable car) that took us up to 13,000 feet elevation. There are beautiful views of Quito up there, but it was cloudy and rainy that day so we didn’t get to see much. We were still excited to meet these alpaca friends! The picture of us on the beach is from when we visited the Galápagos Islands. It was a beautiful experience and we saw so much wildlife (dolphins, sea lions, sharks, iguanas, birds).


November:
I did with our project called Zonas Seguras (safe zones) where we talk about preparing for natural disasters, preventing violence in our communities, and taking care of ourselves. In the first picture, the kids had to link arms and then all try to stand up at the same time without using their hands. In the second picture, the kids are creating a community map and  identifying areas of safety, and areas of risk!

I have been moving on projects and continuing to integrate in the community:) it has been great! And we just had our Reconnect conference because we officially completed 3 months of service and 6 months total in country. I feel rejuvenated and excited to start some new projects. I also adopted a new kitten, Nacho, and am so excited to have a new companion.


October:
I’ve started some projects and have English Club on Mondays and Thursdays, a Community Group on Fridays, and I started doing dance therapy for some of the kids around town which is super fun!


September:
I’ve completed one month at my site! Days are pretty slow for me , but I’m making progress. I’ve been doing CAT (Community Assessment Tools) in my town and doing some workshops with local youth. I made some delicious banana brownies for my family and when I got home they had nearly eaten all of them! Life is good and I’m so thankful to be here.