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Peace Corps Transparency Initiative

Previously, PC Wiki has published various Peace Corps data such as early termination data and data from the All Volunteer Survey – both published on a country-by-country basis. The purpose of publishing this data on a country-by-country basis is to give applicants the rankings of the countries, information they need to make an informed choice about where they will serve.

You will now be able to find this data and these rankings on the Open Government section of the Peace Corps website. The ET rate data and rankings have been published and the survey data and rankings will be published in the fall. The Peace Corps is considering publishing data and rankings for the program-by-program job assignments.

By being transparent with applicants and publishing the rankings, the Peace Corps is demonstrating that it has respect for the applicants, believes if the applicants are better informed about their choices that they will find a better placement in the Peace Corps, and that with a better placement they are more likely to thrive as Volunteers and not quit early.

We congratulate the Peace Corps for its transparency with applicants; this is a smart and winning strategy for the applicants and the Peace Corps.


Early Quit Rates Country-by-Country: Critical Data for Applicants

An excellent indication of the health of a Peace Corps country program is its early quit rate, the percentage of Volunteers who do not complete their 26-27 month term of service. The Peace Corps refers to this as the Early Termination (ET) rate. With the ET rate, Volunteers talk with their feet about their Peace Corps experience. If Volunteers in a particular country or program are quitting early, an applicant should wonder about the quality of that program.

The Peace Corps has recently started to allow applicants to choose the countries in which they prefer to serve. Wiki presents the ET rate data here on a country by country basis to enable applicants to make more informed choices.


PC Wiki recommends that applicants request to be sent to countries with low ET rates.


PC Wiki recommends that applicants avoid any country with an ET rate of 30% or greater. They should be cautious about any country with an ET rate of more than 20%. They should request to be sent to countries with ET rates of less than 20%.


Read More About ET Rates


One excellent indication of the health of a Peace Corps country program is the survey responses of the Volunteers. It is easy to rank the countries using these responses. With the rankings from these surveys, applicants are empowered to request postings to higher ranked countries.

The Peace Corps now invites applicants to choose the countries in which they prefer to serve. Wiki presents the rankings from the survey data on a country by country basis to enable applicants to make an informed choice.

PC Wiki recommends that applicants request to be sent to a country with high ranked survey responses. In addition, PC Wiki recommends that applicants avoid countries that rank in the bottom third of the surveys. They should be cautious about countries in the middle third. They should request countries in the top third.


Read More About the Volunteer Survey Results




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Since 1961, the Peace Corps has shared with the world America's most precious resource—its people. Peace Corps Volunteers serve in 73 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, and the Middle East. Collaborating with local community members, Volunteers work in areas like education, youth outreach and community development, the environment, and information technology.

Serving for two years in the Peace Corps may seem like a long time, but Close of Service may come faster than you expect. Volunteers can make the most of their time in-country through well organized material, collaboration and knowledge sharing. Current Volunteers should still keep in mind their own safety and security, cultural sensitivity, and the fact they are in-country representing the United States. See Manual Section 204 regarding Volunteer conduct and Section 543 regarding Volunteer use of information technology tools.

Your time as a Peace Corps Volunteer doesn't end when your two years of service are over. The time you spent in the Peace Corps will continue to enrich your life, both personally and professionally, for many years. And, in keeping with the Peace Corps' third goal, you'll have new opportunities every day to share what you've learned in the Peace Corps with fellow Americans.


About PeaceCorpsWiki

Peace Corps Wiki is a collaborative project whose goal is to create a free, interactive, and up-to-date source of information about serving as a Volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps. Anyone is welcome to edit, add, or create an entry. So far there are a total of 3,441 pages that have been written and edited by (R)PCVs and friends of the Peace Corps from around the world. This wiki, designed and operated by returned Peace Corps Volunteers, offers a transparent source of information about the agency's operations and volunteer service.

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