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Peace Corps at Auburn


The Auburn University Office of International Programs has partnered with the Peace Corps to bring the first dedicated recruiter for the international development program to the state of Alabama.

The Peace Corps has been a leader in international development and citizen diplomacy for more than 50 years across more than 140 countries with more than 220,000 current and returned volunteers. Since Peace Corps’ inception in 1961, Auburn has produced more than 300 volunteers.


Nick is originally from Daytona Beach, Florida. In 2005, he moved to Gainesville where he earned his Bachelors of Science in Zoology in 2009 and then his Masters of Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2011, both from the University of Florida. In that time, he served as a Resident Assistant and Graduate Hall Director in the Department of Housing.

In 2012, after a few months of in-country training, Nick swore in as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi. He was assigned to teach science in a rural secondary school (high school). During his second year, he devoted most of his time to serving as a teacher development facilitator and as an adjunct faculty member at Livingstonia University.

After completing his service in 2014, Nick got a job as a Program Specialist at Sea Camp in Big Pine Key, Florida. In 2016, he moved to Auburn to pursue a Ph.D. in Marine Ecology. During the spring of 2018 he realized two of his dreams, earning his Ph.D. candidacy and being hired as the Peace Corps Campus Recruiter at Auburn University.

Nick’s open office hours are Tuesdays from 9-11 a.m. and Thursdays from 1-3 p.m. in Foy 235A. Please stop to say “hi” or ask about Peace Corps. To schedule an appointment outside of these times or to request information, please email peaceco@auburn.edu or call 334-844-8291.

What is a Featured Opening?

Peace Corps periodically updates the open volunteer positions on their website so that applicants may browse by region, language, sector, etc. Some openings have a small icon next to them that indicate they are “featured”. These openings represent high need areas that are looking for qualified applicants soon. Check out these openings and get started on your application today!

Guinea Community Fun

English Literacy Educator - Samoa

The government of Samoa is eager to boost English literacy & numeracy teaching and learning capacity in Samoan Primary Schools. The Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture (MESC) has requested the assistance of Peace Corps to help reach this goal. Peace Corps Volunteers therefore work in Samoan primary schools to promote the capacity of students and teachers to become proficient English literacy learners and educators. (Read more)


Community Gardening

Community Gardening and Agroforestry Facilitator - The Gambia

By working alongside the people of The Gambia, Volunteers serving as Community Gardening and Agroforestry Facilitator will have the opportunity to improve food security in rural communities through these core activities:

  • Encouraging creation of tree nurseries and tree planting using improved techniques, and helping establish woodlots and orchards;
  • Promoting new and improved gardening and vegetable production techniques, especially in collaboration with women’s groups or village development committees;
  • Promoting and training farmers in beekeeping;
  • Educating farmers and community groups on nutrition and nutrition-sensitive agricultural production. (Read more)

Public Health Facilitator

Public Health Facilitator- Guinea

Peace Corps has a rich history in Guinea. The first Volunteers arrived in Guinea in 1963 and they have been working in the Health sector since 1990. Your work as a Public Health Educator will empower health care workers, individuals and communities to reduce maternal, neonatal, and child morbidity and mortality.

Public Health Educators are assigned to communities in or near rural health centers. As a Volunteer, you will form strong collaborative partnerships with community members to provide training on preventative maternal and child health through home visits, the development of health care workers, and the promotion of the use of health facilities. (Read more)

PEACE CORPS CAMPUS AMBASSADORS

Students who express an interest in Peace Corps and are interested in getting involved now (before graduation) may consider a year of service as a campus ambassador. Campus Ambassadors serve as Peer-to-Peer Networking Experts:

  • Campus ambassadors are university students who work closely with Peace Corps recruiters to raise the Peace Corps’ profile on campus and introduce the Peace Corps to new and diverse student groups.
  • The program offers a prestigious internship-like experience, only the Ambassadors are considered local experts. YOU know campus better than anyone; help Recruiters connect with new pockets of the campus population.
What do Campus Ambassadors Do?
  • Post and tweet multimedia content about the Peace Corps every week.
  • Identify and connect with diverse student groups around campus, plugging them into Peace Corps activities and sharing the Peace Corps story with them.
  • Help set up and turn people out to events put on by Peace Corps Recruiters.
  • Participate in nationwide Ambassador photo and video competitions.
  • Organize movie screenings and other activities
What are the benefits?
  • The Peace Corps supports Ambassadors’ professional growth through training sessions, sample resume language guidance, a letter of recommendation and more!
  • Ambassadors receive training, a t-shirt, and swag to assist in sharing their enthusiasm for making a difference through life-changing cross-cultural experiences.
  • In-depth understanding of the Peace Corps organization.
  • Application assistance.

Get more information and check out the Campus Ambassador photo contest results here!

Applying to Peace Corps
Step 1

Decide on your availability and your earliest start date. You’ll want to pursue options that fit within that time frame.

Check out our “Featured Openings” and other open volunteer positions on our website. Each opening will have more information on required skills, language, living conditions, and volunteer duties. Peruse several positions to find one that’s right for you.

Step 2

Contact the recruiter. Email peaceco@auburn.edu or call (334)-844-8291 to schedule a one-on-one Q&A or check out our calendar to find a recruiting event.

Step 3

Fill out the application online. You may choose to apply for a specific post, or you can apply to go anywhere based on your availability. The application portal will ask for a resume, three references, and a writing sample. You will also complete a self-reported Health History Form, so that Peace Corps can match you to opportunities that fit your needs as well as your skills and expertise.

Once your application advances, you may be contacted for a Skype interview with a placement officer in Washington, D.C.

Application Tips
  • Contact your recruiter. Campus recruiters are responsible for answering questions, reviewing resumes, and coaching applicants through the entire process. Feel free to reach out any time!
  • Do your research. Have a question about a specific post? Search information on that country. Google blogs written by volunteers serving in the field. Be sure to follow Peace Corps’ social media pages for updates on openings, application workshops, and other important information.
  • Apply early. Do not wait until the application deadline to submit. Openings go live months in advance, so don’t hesitate- start your application today!
  • FAQs. Visit our website to search frequently asked questions from prospective candidates like you.

Last Updated: August 22, 2018