Peace Corps

Greetings and thank you for your interest in the Peace Corps. My name is Jessica Phares is University of Washington’s Strategic Peace Corps Recruiter for the 2021-2022 academic year. I did my Peace Corps service in the Health Sector in Madagascar from 2017-2019. You can reach me at

Starting on January 3rd for Winter Quarter, office hours will be from 12 pm-1 pm on Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday, or by appointment. My office hours will continue to be virtual for the month of January, or until classes continue to steadily be in person. Here is the zoom link if you’d like to join. My hope is to be in person again once classes begin in person. I am also happy to meet outside of these hours, just send me an email and we can set something up. Office hours are a great time to ask questions about the application process, go over your Peace Corps resume, talk about differences in sectors, or just ask questions in general about what service might be like!

I also have plenty of resources for you to use to learn more about the Peace Corps. These include recordings of previous application workshops, mock resumes to help you write yours for your application, and handout sheets about topics like the information on different sectors, a step by step guide of applying for the Peace Corps, and the benefits of joining the Peace Corps. Please email me if you’d like to get a copy of any of these resources.

If you’re a student and you would like to sign up for emails about events and updates, please fill out this survey. It’s also a way for me to reach out to you if you’d prefer to get connected that way.

I will not be hosting regular office hours from December 14 until January 3rd because of winter break. However, I will still be available to meet on a one-on-one basis via zoom, just send me an email. This would be a great time to get any of your questions answered while there’s some down time between quarters!


Be aware that many events have EST for times

January 20, 2022: Peace Corps Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day, register here

January 24, 2022: Info Session: Education Programs, register here

January 24, 2022: Story Slam: Celebrating International Day of Education, register here

January 26, 2022: Info Session: Math and Science Education Programs, register here

January 26, 2022: Service Panel: Service in the Pacific Islands, register here

January 29, 2022: Application Workshop, register here

February 1, 2022: Introduction to Peace Corps, register here

February 3, 2022: Diversity Event: African-American Returned Volunteers Talk About Their Service, register here

February 9, 2022: Peace Corps Celebrates: Black History Month, register here

February 11, 2022: Story Slam: Celebrating International Day of Women and Girls in Science, register here

February 23, 2022: Panel Discussion: Men in Service, register here

March 1, 2022: Serve Where Needed Most, register here

March 22, 2022: Story Slam: Celebrating International Agriculture Day, register here

March 28, 2022: Introduction to Peace Corps, register here

For more upcoming events, visit the Peace Corps Events Page

The Peace Corps is a service opportunity for motivated changemakers to immerse themselves in a community abroad, working side by side with local leaders to tackle the most pressing challenges of our generation.

The Peace Corps Mission:

To promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:

  1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained Volunteers
  2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served
  3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans

Resources, info, apply online and more:

 Did you know?

  • Peace Corps pays for all volunteer expenses including travel to and from your country of service, housing, a stipend for food and incidentals, and comprehensive medical care. Each Volunteer also accrues a readjustment allowance during each month of service and currently $10,000 is awarded to each Volunteer upon completion of their service.
  • For the first time in the history of the Peace Corps, applicants can now choose where they serve and what project they will be serving in. Browse specific Volunteer Openings here, or apply to serve where you are needed most.