Former Community Health Improvement/Saving Mothers Giving Life Volunteer at Peace Corps
almost 2 years ago
The Peace Corps website will be your bestfriend when it comes to preparing for the interview. I prepared by looking through the website and the volunteer handbook (which you can find as a PDF through a Google search). While Peace Corps allows you to work in a particular sector, they emphasize the importance of learning the culture of the community you are living in and also you sharing your own culture with that community. Additionally, many Peace Corps volunteers live in remote areas and some lives miles away from their closest volunteer. Think about times that you have been resilient and whether you are ready to commit being away from family and friends for an extended period of time. They may ask you about coping methods for being alone and experiences you've had working with diverse populations. Most importantly, be yourself and be honest! The interview should be a conversation. I was so nervous about the interview, but it was smooth - the people on the other side just want to make sure they are able to get a good sense of who you are and whether you will be a good fit for the organization. Also, I say be honest because you want to let them know that you know your limits so that when you do receive an invitation to volunteer, they give you the best fitting assignment for you.