Center for Global Education

Peace Corps Prep Program

The Peace Corps Prep program offers a great opportunity to students in any major who are interested in joining the Peace Corps upon graduating from Boise State. The program provides guidance through the core competencies, including curricular, experiential, and professional. Upon completing the program, students receive a Certificate of Completion from the Peace Corps headquarters, certifying them as a competitive applicant.

The Peace Corps has identified four core competencies that are necessary to the intercultural work Peace Corps Volunteers do:

  1. Sector-Specific Skills: There are 6 Peace Corps sectors: Youth in Development, Education, Health, Community Economic Development, Agriculture, and Environment.
  2. Foreign Language Proficiency: Language requirements vary by region of service.
  3. Intercultural Competence
  4. Professional Experience and Leadership: Opportunities can be campus or community based, as well as both paid and unpaid experiences.

Administered by the Center for Global Education, the Peace Corps Prep program is free and open to all currently enrolled Boise State students.

Preferential application deadlines:

  • Applications are accepted on a ongoing basis throughout the year.

Boise State Contact:

To learn more about Peace Corps Prep and to connect with a Sector Advisor, please email: Contact peacecorpsprep@boisestate.edu

About Peace Corps:

Please Visit the Peace Corps’ website.

Sectors and Advisors

Education

Education Volunteers serve in the largest program area. Volunteers play an important role in creating links among schools, parents, and communities. They may work in elementary, secondary, or post-secondary schools, teaching subjects such as math, science, or conversational English. They may also work as resource teachers or teacher trainers.

Advisor:

Dr. Michael Humphrey
Associate Professor
Department of Early and Special Education
Office: Education Building, Room 230
Telephone: (208) 426-2801
Email: michaelhumphrey@boisestate.edu

Health

Health Volunteers work with their communities to promote important topics such as nutrition, maternal and child health, basic hygiene, and water sanitation. Volunteers also work in HIV/AIDS education and prevention programs.

Advisor:

Nichole Lasich
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Community and Environmental Health
Office: Health Sciences Riverside (HSRV) 114
Telephone: (208) 426-3912
Email: nicholelasich@boisestate.edu

Youth

Volunteers work with youth in communities to promote engagement and active citizenship, including gender awareness, employability, health and HIV/AIDS education, environmental awareness, sports and fitness programs, and information technology.

Advisor:

Dr. Sharon Paterson
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology
Telephone: (208) 426-3406
E-mail: sharonpaterson@boisestate.edu

Environment

Volunteers lead grassroots efforts to protect the environment and strengthen understanding of environmental issues. They teach environmental awareness in schools and to local organizations, empowering communities to make their own decisions about how to conserve the local environment. Volunteers also address environmental degradation by promoting sustainable use of natural resources.

Advisor:

Dr. David Wilkins
Associate Professor
Office: ERB 4163
Telephone: (208) 426-2390
E-mail: dwilkins@boisestate.edu

Agriculture

Agriculture volunteers work with small-scale farmers and families to increase food security and production and adapt to climate change while promoting environmental conservation. They introduce farmers to techniques that prevent soil erosion, reduce the use of harmful pesticides, and replenish the soil.

Advisor:

Dr. Rebecca Som Castellano
Assistant Professor
Office: Riverfront Hall 213-D
Telephone: (208) 426-3418
E-mail: rsomcastellano@boisestate.edu

Economic Development

Volunteers work with development banks, nongovernmental organizations, and municipalities to encourage economic opportunities in communities. They frequently teach in classroom settings and work with entrepreneurs and business owners to develop and market their products. Some volunteers teach basic computer skills and help communities take advantage of technologies that connect them to the global marketplace.

Advisor:

Jack Marr
Clinical Associate Professor
Office: MBEB 2104
Telephone: (208) 426-7410
Email: jackmarr@boisestate.edu

Engineering

Engineering students interested in Peace Corps Prep can apply their skills in any sector in which Peace Corps serves. Students professionally trained as engineers are highly valued in the communities in which they serve. Engineering students will utilize Professor Casey Cline from the Department of Construction Management as their advisor. It is important to note, Engineering is not a sector in the Peace Corps, however, Peace Corps Prep would like to provide specialized sector guidance and advice to our Engineering students so that they may best identify the sector they wish to serve in.

Advisor:

Dr. Casey Cline
Associate Professor and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer
Office: ENGR 301B
Telephone: (208) 841-3343
Email: ccline@boisestate.edu

Peace Corps Prep

Guidelines for Applying

  1. Read through the Peace Corps Prep Student Guide to become familiarized with the program requirements.
  2. Contact Holly Mikesell, the Peace Corps Prep Coordinator at (208) 426-4011, or peacecorpsprep@boisestate.edu. This is an opportunity to ask any lingering questions and help you decide which sector may be right for you, or to discuss possible regions of future Peace Corps service.
  3. Fill out the Peace Corps Prep Student Plan to the best of your ability, be sure to include any relevant previous coursework, professional (paid, unpaid, internships, etc.) experience, and leadership experiences, and then set up a meeting with your sector advisor. It is okay to leave spaces blank in a section where you might have a question or want some advice and feedback from the sector advisor on. You can also fill out and submit a Peace Corps Prep Student Plan online. If you opt to do this, the Peace Corps Prep Coordinator will be in contact with you once we receive the plan.
  4. Meet with your sector advisor and be sure to bring your Peace Corps Prep Student Plan. At this meeting, you will have a chance to review your plan with the sector advisor. The sector advisor can assist with filling in any remaining blanks on the Student Plan. The sector advisor will sign the Student Plan and make copies, keeping one and providing you with one copy for your records. Additionally, please bring a signed release of information form to this meeting and leave this form with your sector advisor.
  5. Once your Peace Corps Prep Student Plan has been reviewed you will be contacted by the Peace Corps Prep Coordinator to officially welcome you to the program!
Peace Corps Prep

Next Steps

Student Plan

Student Plan

How to Join the Program?

How to Join the Program?

Student Guide

Student Guide

Peace Corps Prep

Forms and Guides

Peace Corps Prep Student Guide

Peace Corps Prep Student Guide

Release of Information

Release of Information

Student Plan

Student Plan

Exit Checklist

Exit Checklist

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