Peace Corps and UMBC
The UMBC Peace Corps Prep program comes out of a longstanding relationship between the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and the U.S. Peace Corps. UMBC participates in the Peace Corps’ Coverdell Fellows and Masters International programs for graduate students who have returned from Peace Corps service and those who are currently serving, respectively. Now, with Peace Corps Prep, UMBC will be able to use the experience of its returned Peace Corps volunteer (RPCV) graduate students to position undergraduate students as strong candidates for Peace Corps service upon graduation from UMBC.
Peace Corps Prep
Peace Corps Prep’s goal is to prepare undergraduate students for international development work and global citizenship through coursework and experiential learning. Students must complete a curriculum that includes language and international development courses, and at least one experiential learning opportunity referred to as enhancements, such as (but not limited to) service-learning, civic engagement, study abroad, and internship in an international development area. Students who successfully complete the program receive a signed certificate of completion from the Peace Corps. While they are not guaranteed acceptance into the Peace Corps, the students will be strong candidates for service.