The Ten Core Expectations for Peace Corps Volunteers

Tish and I are anxiously waiting for the Peace Corps placement office to contact us for an interview.  In anticipation of that interview I went over the “Core Expectations” and am happy to report that I think we are on track.

The Ten Core Expectations Peace Corps has for its Volunteers and trainees…

  1. Prepare your personal and professional life to make a commitment to serve abroad for a full term of 27 months
  2. Commit to improving the quality of life of the people with whom you live and work; and, in doing so, share your skills, adapt them, and learn new skills as needed
  3. Serve where the Peace Corps asks you to go, under conditions of hardship, if necessary, and with the flexibility needed for effective service
  4. Recognize that your successful and sustainable development work is based on the local trust and confidence you build by living in, and respectfully integrating yourself into, your host community and culture
  5. Recognize that you are responsible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your
    personal conduct and professional performance
  6. Engage with host country partners in a spirit of cooperation, mutual
    learning, and respect
  7. Work within the rules and regulations of the Peace Corps and the local and national laws of the country where you serve
  8. Exercise judgment and personal responsibility to protect your health, safety, and well-being and that of others
  9. Recognize that you will be perceived, in your host country and community, as a representative of the people, cultures, values, and traditions of the United States of America
  10. Represent responsibly the people, cultures, values, and traditions of your host country and community to people in the United States both during and
    following your service
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One Response to The Ten Core Expectations for Peace Corps Volunteers

  1. Stephanie says:

    I just took another look at these too. A lot of them seem so common sense, but I suppose there are some people that need to be reminded that you have to obey the laws of your host country…

    Hope you get word soon! We both had to rewrite one of our essays because it didn’t “get to the heart of the matter…”

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