The Peace Corps Prep program aims to advance the goals of the Peace Corps to promote peace and friendship in three ways: 

  • To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women;
  • To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the people served; and
  • To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

The Peace Corps Prep program at Westfield State University will create a community of learners and practitioners who are interested in global awareness, international service, and a commitment to supporting peaceful work wherever it is needed.

The program was developed with the busy Westfield student in mind: most requirements are those that you will complete in your academic program through major and core courses.  Through these program requirements: coursework, language and cultural studies, professional development and service, you will gain the skills applicants need to serve in the U.S. Peace Corps or other international service agency.

The P.C. Prep program is open to all Westfield students in good (academic and conduct) standing. Although completion of the P.C. Prep program does not guarantee acceptance as a Peace Corps volunteer, the specialized curriculum and experience will greatly increase your chances as an applicant.  Upon completion of the PC Prep program, you will receive an official Certificate of Completion from the Peace Corps.  As a member of the Peace Corps Prep Program at Westfield State University, you will:

  1. Gain training and experience in the one of the following work sectors: Community Economic Development, Education, Health, Environment, or Youth in Development
  2. Develop foreign language skills
  3. Expand your intercultural competence through coursework and volunteer experiences
  4. Engage in professional and leadership development
  5. Enhance your resume and interview skills for future international work.

Contact us

Hugh Jo
Associate Professor, Political Science
Room 110, Parenzo Hall