A volunteer helps a young boy with his classwork on a program similar to Peace Corps

Alternatives to the Peace Corps

We explain the difference between volunteering overseas with Projects Abroad and the Peace Corps

Are you interested in Peace Corps volunteer opportunities, but not sure about a two-year commitment? Projects Abroad is an organization like the Peace Corps, but with short-term options and fewer requirements. 

Here are the main differences between Projects Abroad and Peace Corps opportunities:  

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This picture shows two male cheetahs focused but resting in the shade and was taken on one of our wildlife conservation volunteer opportunities in Botswana.
Africa’s Big 5 and Wilderness Conservation in Botswana
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  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
  • From $3,220 USD
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A picture of a volunteer watching a giraffe whilst on one of our wildlife conservation volunteer opportunities in Kenya.
Giraffe & Lion Conservation in Kenya
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  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
  • From $2,970 USD
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A large lemur balancing on a pole in the rainforest spotted by volunteers during their rainforest conservation volunteering in Madagascar with Projects Abroad.
Lemur Research and Protection in Madagascar
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  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
  • From $3,220 USD
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How to Join Peace Corps

If you want to volunteer with the Peace Corps, but cannot meet the requirements, Projects Abroad is the perfect alternative. 

We can help you get the experience you need to pursue a degree in your chosen field or further your career. Our programs could also be a stepping stone you need to meet your goal of working with an organization like the Peace Corps in the future!

How old do you have to be to join the Peace Corps?

For Peace Corps programs, you need to be at least 18 years old. Projects Abroad accepts volunteers of all ages and skill levels. We also have programs for young students, designed specifically for:

These programs focus on experiential education, and give young people a safe and guided introduction to volunteering abroad. 

Like Projects Abroad, the Peace Corps has no upper age limit for seniors and retirees. However, if you need more flexibility in where and when you travel, Projects Abroad is the program for you. You choose what you want to do, where to go, and your travel dates. Our Project Experts can help you choose which project best matches your skills and experience.

Joining the Peace Corps after College

The Peace Corps is a great way to give back and gain experience abroad after you graduate. However, your service time will be just over two years, which not everyone is able to do. 

With flexible programs running year-round, Projects Abroad is the ideal short-term Peace Corps alternative. You’ll support communities in need and get an insight into global issues, all within a time period of your choosing.

Concerned about making a real difference with short-term volunteering? Read our popular blog about how we ensure that your work makes a tangible impact.  

Family Peace Corps

We offer programs similar to Peace Corps for families. You don’t need to worry about Peace Corps volunteer requirements or training, as we can customize programs specifically for your family. 

For more information, read our page about family volunteer trips. Here, we explain how we cater for families with children of different ages, and show you a selection of family-friendly projects around the world.

Next Steps

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Let us create a custom project for you. Most of our staff have been volunteers themselves and can answer all of your questions, big or small. 

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