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Peace Corps Prep: International Civic Engagement provides rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors already enrolled in the Peace Corps Prep Program with a core course in intercultural competence. By preparing a feasibility study for a development project in our own community, Peace Corps Prep students will build capacity to shift perspective and behavior around relevant cultural differences, as well as reflect upon ourselves in relation to others. This program will take place both on Earlham’s campus and in and around the community of Richmond, Indiana. Applications will be accepted from February 27, 2018 until April 22, 2018.

This EPIC Term is co-sponsored by the Center for Social Justice and the Peace Corps Prep program.

Peace Corps Prep ...

  • is a 7-day immersive experience for rising sophomores, juniors and seniors who have enrolled in the Peace Corps Prep program.
  • is open to both US citizens and non-US citizens.
  • prepares students for careers in international development.
  • increases self-awareness and cultural agility by critically thinking about engaging across cultures.
  • teaches students about domestic and international fieldwork.
  • mentors students in self-care during international work experiences.

Peace Corps Prep ...

  • is a non-credit bearing 7-day experience, running from Saturday, August 11, though Friday, August 17, prior to the beginning of the Fall 2018 semseter. It is led by faculty of Earlham's Peace Corps Prep program and supported by the Center for Social Justice.
  • Group-designed development project
  • Exploring community needs
  • Farmers' Market exploration
  • Informational field trips
  • Interviews with key community leaders
  • Observational fieldwork
  • Feasibility study for future volunteer contributions

Faculty Coordinators:

  • Jennifer Seely, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Politics; Director of the Peace Corps Prep Program


  • Program fee of $200.
  • Includes all expenses during the program - accommodations, all meals and equipment, transportation.
  • Does not include transportation to Earlham before the start of the program; meals after Friday, August 17; food costs beyond what is distributed; incidentals.

Questions? Looking for more information?

Email Jennifer Seely at