Common questions

How much does the Peace Corps pay you?

How much does the Peace Corps pay you?

As a Volunteer, both your readjustment allowance (accrued at the rate of $375 per month and paid at the end of service) and a small percentage of your monthly living allowance constitute earnings for Social Security purposes.

Do you get paid working for the Peace Corps?

The Peace Corps provides each Volunteer with housing and a living stipend that enables them to live in a manner similar to people in their community of service. Unlike other international volunteer programs, there is no charge to participate in the Peace Corps.

Does Peace Corps count as federal service?

Any Peace Corps Volunteer service (not including training) counts towards that federal service employment time.

Does the Peace Corps look good on a resume?

Include your Peace Corps experience under “Professional Experience.” Some people have a separate section on their résumé dedicated to volunteer experience. If your volunteer experience outside of Peace Corps is relevant to the position to which you are applying, it should be listed as professional experience.

Is the Peace Corps considered military?

For over 40 years, the Peace Corps has operated without ties to the U.S. Military. Since it’s founding in 1961, the U.S. Peace Corps has operated without any ties to the military or intelligence agencies, like the CIA. But, service in the Peace Corps is now an option for military recruits.

Is it hard to get a job after Peace Corps?

Many people who join the Peace Corps straight out of college may have a difficult time finding work after they return because it’s the only thing on their resume. In addition, having professional experience makes you a better volunteer.

What is the difference between Peace Corps and AmeriCorps?

Like the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps is a volunteer service program that sends applicants on extended terms to areas of high need. However, while the Peace Corps operates internationally, applicants to AmeriCorps are placed in communities around the United States only.

Is there a pay plan for the Peace Corps?

Some pay plan codes cover a limited group of employees in multiple agencies (e.g., pay plans FO and FP cover Foreign Service members in the several foreign affairs agencies and the Peace Corps.).

What can you do with a Peace Corps certification?

Contact your lender to see if and how you may qualify for this benefit. This certification provides proof of your Peace Corps health-care coverage during service. It can be used to reinstate Medicare Part B. This is an official verification of your Volunteer service, including dates and country of service, for a potential employer.

How many sick days do Peace Corps employees get?

Please refer to specific vacancy announcements for the range of available salaries. In addition, employees annually accrue 13 vacation days (extended to 19.5 days after just three years of service) and 13 days of sick leave. Employees may enroll in one of the many health plans offered to federal employees.

What does the Office of Personnel Management Pay Plan mean?

Fact Sheet: Pay Plans. Definition. A pay plan is a two-digit alphabetical code used to identify Federal civilian pay systems. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approves pay plan codes for agency use.