Ten UGA students recently graduated from the UGA-Peace Corps Prep Certificate program.
The certificate program uses training and coursework to equip students with the necessary skills to become effective volunteers. Requirements include 50 hours of field experience in the community, coursework to build foreign language skills, intercultural competence courses, and professional leadership development.
The goal of the partnership between UGA and the Peace Corps is to promote skills that the Peace Corps program deems critical for future volunteers by focusing on four main areas of discipline: foreign language proficiency, intercultural competence, professional savvy and leadership, and other sector-specific skills. Graduates of the program become strong contenders for Peace Corps service.
The University of Georgia, which “endeavors to prepare the university community and the state for full participation in the global society of the 21st century,” makes students ready to contribute positively to global society through respect and understanding of cultural differences and excellence in public service. These goals contribute well to the Peace Corps mission of promoting world peace and friendship through service and cross-cultural understanding.
Yana Cornish, director of global education, said, “We are very proud to continue our longstanding partnership with Peace Corps and the addition of the Peace Corps Prep Certificate. It is wonderful to see a strong interest among UGA students in completing requirements of the Peace Corps Prep Certificate that demonstrates their academic, cross-cultural, leadership and career readiness skills.”
The Peace Corps Prep Certificate is available to UGA undergraduate students.
For more information, about the Peace Corps visit www.peacecorps.gov