Service / Volunteering
The National Peace Corps Association enables Peace Corps Volunteers and others to utilize their experiences and continue serving others.
Next Step Travel
National Peace Corps Association members love to travel and to travel with a purpose. And who better to travel with than Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and their friends and families?
In June 2012, NPCA launched NPCA Next Step Travel. This immersion travel program features small group travel (up to 20), hands-on service projects, educational programs and a close-up view of the impact of volunteer service. Our trips are operated by Discover Corps, a program of Terra Education, an experienced leader in educational travel.
So, check that your passport is current and start packing! First stops: Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Thailand.
Advocacy Day of Action Volunteers
On or around March 1 and September 22 every year, current and returned Peace Corps volunteers visit with their elected representatives on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC (or at district offices closer to home) to advocate on behalf of Peace Corps funding and a host of other issues deemed important to the Peace Corps community. Volunteers from every state and district in the country are needed in order to have the biggest impact.
As a volunteer, you will receive training on how to lobby congress and a packet of information so that you are fully prepared to tell your Peace Corps Story. This is a great resume-builder and appropriate for Peace Corps volunteers from any country of service and of any age. Advocacy volunteers tell us that this is one of the most fulfilling volunteer experiences they have ever had. Learn more about the Advocacy Days of Action.
Volunteer with the National Peace Corps Association
Whether you are in Washington, DC for a short stint or interested in volunteering from afar, there are often many ways that you can help out the National Peace Corps Association, especially during busy seasons of event-planning and advocacy days. Interested? Contact VP Anne Baker with your availability and any particular skills or interests. If you are looking for a formal internship, check out our list of volunteer internships.
Elections for the National Peace Corps Association Board of Directors are held every spring. Many of the positions are Member-Elected and anyone can be nominated. You can find out what it’s like to be on the Board by contacting any Board Member. One term lasts three years; individuals may serve for up to eight consecutive years.
If you are a current Peace Corps Volunteer on medical leave in Washington, DC, please email us to find out if there are immediate short-term priorities, even if you just want to stop by our office for a few hours.
The National Peace Corps Association Member Groups organize domestic and international service and volunteering opportunities year-round. Search the Member Groups list to find your local group or country of service groups and find more information on their websites.
Become a member of your groups to receive regular updates.
You may also want to consider volunteering for one of the Member Groups or joining the Board of the organization to meet people and gain skills by participating in a nonprofit board. Member Groups are always looking for new volunteers to join. Bring some of your passion for service to your RPCV Member Group!
Encore Service Corps International (Encore) – December 2012 update
Since its inception in 2004, Encore has worked to help devise and implement practical, sustainable solutions to pressing health, agricultural, business and social challenges in developing countries.
The dedication and service to this goal by Encore volunteers have been outstanding – thank you!
For the last two years, Encore has been managed as a pilot Joint Project with the NPCA. However, in view of the expansion of Peace Corps Response and after consultation, the NPCA board has decided not to continue Encore as a permanent NPCA program and the Encore board has decided to cease operations altogether.
Although Encore is closing down, NPCA will continue attempting to connect experienced volunteers with appropriate short and long-term opportunities, either through this page or via Peace Corps Response. To stay current with such opportunities, you may subscribe to NPCA’s monthly e-newsletter.