Peace Corps info sessions at UMN

My name is Frieda, and I am the Peace Corps Recruiter located here at the University of Minnesota in the Learning Abroad Center (Heller 230).  I am here to talk to anybody who has questions about Peace Corps and/or want help navigating the application process.  My drop-in office hours are Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and Thursdays from 12 p.m.-2 p.m., otherwise by appointment.  

Please find below and attached a flyer about how people can contact me and upcoming Peace Corps events.  I would be very appreciative if you could share this information with you students and colleagues!

What is Peace Corps?
Peace Corps sends U.S. citizens abroad to over 60 different countries to serve for 27 months.  The 27 months includes intensive language, cultural, and technical skills training.  Host countries determine what program areas they would like Volunteers working in.  There are six main program areas in which Volunteers work: Education, Environment, Community Economic Development, Health, Youth in Development, and Agriculture.  Applicants can view all current openings at and get to select which country/ies and program(s) for which they would like to be considered.  

Benefits of Peace Corps
Beyond life-defining leadership experience and the capacity to improve the lives of others, there are the following benefits:
  • Federal loan deferment
  • Possibility for partial loan cancellation
  • A "readjustment" allowance of over $8,000 upon completion of service
  • Language, cross-cultural, and technical training
  • Travel to and from the country of service
  • A monthly living and housing allowance
  • Full medical and dental coverage
  • 48 paid vacation days
  • Graduate school opportunities
  • Leave for family emergencies
  • Transition and job support and social networking after service
  • Advantages in federal employment
Skills Gained through Peace Corps
This is a general list that applies to every Volunteer:
  • New language
  • The depth of other cultures
  • Resourcefulness
  • Flexibility
  • Non-formal education techniques
  • Variety of communication styles

Frieda M. von Qualen
Peace Corps Campus Representative, RPCV Peru (2008-2011)
University of Minnesota | Learning Abroad Center | 230 Heller Hall
271 19th Ave. S. | Minneapolis, MN | 55455-0430 | 612.626.5311
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