Peace Corps Prep





Volunteer Photos San Juan Reforestation Group PCRV Jacob Slusser seen with OCASP reforestation group and their first native tree seedlings in a small tree nursery. The saplings were to reforest riparian areas that are important for the Panama Canal Watershed. June 2008, San Juan de Pequeni, Chagres National Park, Panama

This photo was taken while leading rural Salvadoran youth in a group discussion after the first performance of “A Mi Manera,” an original musical promoting life skills, gender equality, and reproductive health. Over 100 rural youth from Peace Corps volunteers’ communities came to see the performance that day which featured actors from Centro Bartolome de las Casa in San Salvador. The musical went on to tour seven more departments in El Salvador, reaching over 800 rural youth in total.

NMSU is proud to partner with the United States Peace Corps to offer the PC Prep Program.  Upon completion of the program, you will receive a certificate from the U.S. Peace Corps, which can lead to a competitive edge when applying for Peace Corps service. Receipt of this certificate requires completion of the International Studies minor at NMSU with just a few additional requirements.  Obtaining this certificate enhances a students’ opportunity to better prepare them to make a difference in the lives of people both internationally and at home.

Peace Corp Prep provides a cross-discipline program, increasing cultural awareness; it is open to all undergraduates regardless of their major, minor, department, academic year, or participation in other programs or future goals. The Peace Corps Prep program lays the foundation for students to build four competencies, integrating coursework with hands-on experience and professional development. The competencies are the following:

  • Work sector-specific skills – This prepares you for experiential opportunities, such as service-learning, study abroad, or alternative spring/fall break programs.
  • Foreign language proficiency – This varies by the desired placement region.
  • Intercultural competence – The goal is to build your capacity to shift perspective around relevant cultural differences through a mix of three introspective courses.
  • Professional and leadership development – Peace Corps service, and similar international development work opportunities, are highly professional and selective. PC Prep requires specific activities that will strengthen your candidacy for the Peace Corps (or any other professional endeavor).

For more information about this program, please feel free to contact one of the PC Prep Coordinators today!

This photo was taken on a random weekday in 2013, about halfway through my service. After Wacky Wednesday at school (we paid a small amount to wear wacky clothing: a fundraiser for library books), some learners and I explored our “backyard” in rural South Africa, coming across a cave and thoroughly enjoying ourselves and our cost-free fun.

I taught a group of students how to play baseball. The students began not knowing anything about the game and by the time I left they’d occasionally turn a double play.

Kari Cena, M.S.
Peace Corps Prep Coordinator
Office of Experiential Learning
(575) 646-7965

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For questions about the International Studies Minor:

Dr. Glenn Fetzer
Department Head, Languages & Linguistics
College of Arts & Sciences
Director of International Studies Minor