Peace Corps Prep

Serve Individuals & Communities Across the World

If you are adventurous with a deep personal drive to act and seek to be immersed in countries and cultures outside of your own, our Peace Corps Prep program will help you gain the intercultural skills you need for a life-changing service experience. 

Peace Corps Prep is an academic-partnered certificate program that helps you build the skills you need to have a positive impact as a volunteer. It helps you become a stronger candidate for positions within the Peace Corps or other service programs, and at the same time, you gain skills and a cultural worldview that employers value. It's a competitive edge that sets you apart and broadens your opportunities, no matter what path you choose. 

Scroll down to the Student Guide section to learn more. Get additional information about your Peace Corps service opportunities by clicking here. And contact your SAU faculty advisor or an admissions representative to learn how Peace Corps Prep fits within your undergraduate studies.

About Peace Corps
Peace Corps volunteers serve in more than 60 countries, doing grass-roots work that improves the lives of those they serve, as well as their own.

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Peace Corps is active in more than 70 countries on five continents.

So many choices!


Academic Programs

Any major can take advantage of Peace Corps Prep. Scroll down to the Student Guide section of this page for more details.

Peace Corps
Who We Are

Every day, Peace Corps Volunteers – and all of us who support them – wake up and spend the day working hard to make the world a better place. Peace. It's the first word of who we are.

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Building on SAU mission

At. St. Ambrose, your learning experience is focused on service and social justice, two values that are deeply woven into our mission and vision as a university. These values reflect the origin and continued ethos of the United States Peace Corps, which is why this program is a great fit for many.

Peace Corps Prep gives you a structured path to hone your professional skills, intercultural competence, and foreign language abilities. This dovetails with our focus on service learning and social justice as well as the many opportunities you get to grow and develop a life of service.

As a university, we believe there is great value in partnering with the Peace Corps to recognize a student's skills in service, diversity/inclusion, and intercultural competence. Completing this certificate program can help if you decide to submit a volunteer application, but more importantly, it prepares you for a life of service, to live in a manner that shows your dedication to others and the world.

Student Guide

To earn the certificate – awarded by the Peace Corps – you take courses to hone your intercultural competency, build your foreign language skills, and grow your professional and leadership abilities.

You'll also complete certain courses and 50 hours of service or work that is related to one of six sectors the Peace Corps identifies as priorities:

  • education,
  • health,
  • environment,
  • agriculture,
  • youth in development,
  • and community and economic development.

SAU already offers a large number of service activities and courses within our academic programs that meet the Peace Corps Prep requirements, so in many cases, you can earn the certificate without adding extra courses. And the program is open to all undergraduates, no matter your major or field of study.

The Student Guide will give you an overview and help you with planning. Be sure to contact your faculty advisor, too. They will help you map your courses and explain your options for meeting the program requirements. 

Peace Corps Prep Student Guide (pdf)

Contacts & Guidance

Serving others and making the world a better place are values held by our students, and our faculty and staff.

Do you want to learn more about the rewards, challenges, and adventure of Peace Corps service? How can the certificate program help you become a stronger candidate and professional? How can service help you define your future goals? 

The following Ambrosian faculty and staff members are Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV) and serve on our Peace Corps Prep advisory committee. They are available to answer your questions and tell you about their life-changing Peace Corps experiences. 

Melissa Sharer, PhD
RPCV Armenia
Assistant Professor and Director, Master of Public Health 

Jenny Ferrell
RPCV Ghana
Administrative Assistant, Office of Enrollment Management

Kate Horberg
RPCV Cameroon
Administrative Assistant, MPH Department

Argrow Kitnequa "Kit" Evans-Ford, DMin
RPCV St. Christopher and Nevis
Adjunct Professor of Theology 

Application Materials

So you're ready to get started with Peace Corps Prep? Awesome!

You can complete the application on paper (pdf) or online.


Duk Kim PhD

Director, International Studies Coordinator, Peace Corps Prep
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

So, what's next?

Are you ready to take the next step? St. Ambrose offers more than 60 programs and 27 athletic teams and sports to join on campus. Become an Ambrosian today!