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Peace Corps Prep Program

The Peace Corps Prep Program (PCPP) represents a formal partnership between Virginia Wesleyan and the U.S. Peace Corps to help prepare students for service as Peace Corps Volunteers or for professional careers in service organizations and other international agencies.

Virginia Wesleyan is the only college or university in the greater Hampton Roads region of Virginia and one of only 25 such institutions nationwide to offer its students the opportunity to study and achieve internationally recognized certification in an official Peace Corps Prep Program. 

Because our stated educational mission “is to engage students of diverse ages, religions, ethnic origins and backgrounds in a rigorous liberal arts education that will prepare them to meet the challenges of life and career in a complex and rapidly changing world,” Virginia Wesleyan graduates caring, inquisitive and adaptable individuals well-suited for two years of Peace Corps service in developing countries. In fact, the number of VWC students who have joined the Peace Corps after graduation has risen by 300% over the last two decades, a remarkable record of altruism and service that our new Peace Corps Prep Program is sure to enhance. 

The PCPP exists as part of the Innovative Teaching and Engaged Learning curriculum at Virginia Wesleyan. It requires selected coursework in disciplines such as international studies, foreign language, education, biology, environmental studies, political science, history and other academic fields, along with a number of community service hours and/or study abroad experience.

Students who successfully complete the PCPP at VWC will receive a Certificate of Completion from Peace Corps headquarters in Washington D.C., signed by the Peace Corps national director at the time of their graduation.

The PCPP is designed to create highly qualified VWC students who wish to share their education, talents and skills with disadvantaged peoples in the developing world. Peace Corps Prep does not guarantee the opportunity to serve in the Peace Corps, but the program does make Virginia Wesleyan graduates more competitive as applicants for the Peace Corps or for other service and international organizations.

Read about PCPP Program Coordinator and VWC Professor of History Dr. Clay Drees and his experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone (1977-1979).

Peace Corps service is calling—how far will you go? For more information contact PCPP coordinators Dr. Clay Drees (Clarke 207, 757.455.3402, cdrees@vwc.edu) or Dr. Kathy Stolley (Roop 6, 757.233.8768, kstolley@vwc.edu).

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