Unofficial Volunteer Handbook

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Unofficial Peace Corps Volunteer Handbook By Travis Hellstrom
This book is available for free at We hope you enjoy it!

Quick Introduction

Peace Corps may be "the toughest job you'll ever love" but you don't have to learn that the hard way. The Unofficial Peace Corps Volunteer Handbook is the handbook we wish someone would have given us: a collection of lessons learned from Volunteers all around the world created to act as a companion on your adventure of applying to and serving in the Peace Corps. We hope you find what we’ve shared helpful – if not, don't worry – everyone's Peace Corps service is unique and we just hope you have an incredible experience. If at any time you have questions unanswered by this guide please contact Peace Corps directly or if you think we can help, please contact us on Facebook anytime.


Travis Hellstrom served three years in Mongolia as a Peace Corps Volunteer from 2008 until 2010, and as a Peace Corps Volunteer Leader from 2010 to 2011. He now works as a nonprofit leader and writes for a small army of everyday humanitarians at