2017 ANNUAL VOLUNTEER SURVEY

Your opinion is essential. We count on your participation between June 19 and August 11, 2017.

Check your email for you personal AVS link.

Join over 65,000 Volunteers who have responded to the survey over the last 42 years. Share your view today and help build a stronger Peace Corps.

You are welcome to contact the Office of Strategic Information, Research, and Planning at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions about the survey.

Why Participate?

  • Let us know what is working well
  • Identify challenges
  • Suggest improvements
  • Your responses are confidential

What to expect?

  • The survey should only take about 30 minutes to complete
  • You can save your responses at any point and continue the survey later

Frequently Asked Questions

The 2017 AVS begins on June 19, 2017 and ends on August 11, 2017, the last day that Volunteers can access the online survey.

Please participate in the survey if you are a currently serving two-year Volunteer (including if you are serving past your second year due to an extension) and have been at your site one full month or longer. If you were recently sworn in, you will be eligible to take the AVS when you have been at your site at least one full month. The survey will be available until August 11, 2017. It is important to complete the survey by this date.

Volunteers who have been at their site less than one month and trainees are not eligible to participate in the survey. Volunteers who have already COS’d are not eligible. Peace Corps Response Volunteers are also not eligible for this particular survey.

The AVS is a unique source of information about Volunteer sentiments and views on your Peace Corps experiences, including your training, assignment and activities; safety and security; and support from your post. The AVS offers you the opportunity to share your candid views and experiences—both positive and negative—through a confidential survey. The feedback we receive allows us to more effectively allocate our resources and make operational improvements, in order to better enable you and your fellow Volunteers in driving community-based development and cross-cultural understanding. We want to hear from you!

The Office of Strategic Information, Research and Planning (OSIRP) will send an email containing your individual survey link directly to your email account of record. It will come from ‘This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.’ on June 19, or the date of your eligibility if after June 19.

Yes. The Office of Strategic Information, Research, and Planning (OSIRP) takes your confidentiality very seriously. You will not enter your name or other personally identifiable information when you take the Annual Volunteer Survey, and your email and other identifiers will be automatically removed from your response record once the survey closes. Further, you have the option to skip any question that may make you feel uncomfortable. Survey analysts will only release data in ways that protect Volunteer confidentiality, so no one—including staff or other Volunteers at your post—will see results that could identify you individually.

From June 19 through August 11, you (see “Who should take the 2017 AVS?”) can use the individual link sent directly to your email to complete the online 2017 AVS. If you did not receive an individual link, you may obtain it by contacting the Office of Strategic Information, Research, and Planning (OSIRP) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Your individual survey URL will be live on June 19, 2017 (also see “When will the 2017 Annual Volunteer Survey (AVS) begin and end?”). Please note that your 2017 survey link is not the same as links from previous years or an individual link provided to another Volunteer.

You can stop, re-enter, and complete the survey at a later time using your individual link, if needed. You can also use your individual link to return to your survey if your Internet connection is interrupted and then restored.

If you have any questions or encounter problems logging into the online AVS, you can send an email to the Office of Strategic Information, Research, and Planning at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request assistance. If you delete the email containing your individual link, you can send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive a new email.

The Peace Corps’ Office of Strategic Information, Research and Planning (OSIRP) staff will personally respond to you as quickly as possible to help resolve your issue.

Peace Corps staff at your post and in Washington, D.C. use aggregated survey results to improve training, work assignments and activities, and the support provided to Volunteers. The AVS is a data source for several of the agency’s key performance indicators reported to OMB, Congress, and the public annually.

In addition, the Peace Corps Volunteer survey is one of the older surveys in the United States. It represents historical opinion data that are of great value to a broader community, including researchers, the media, and the general public. Reports from past years that highlight global trends are publicly available at Peace Corps’ Open Government site. More than 70,000 Volunteers have completed the survey since 1975, and we hope that you will become part of this rich survey history.

Our goal is to hear the voice of every eligible Volunteer. Each individual response counts because your feedback is essential to shaping the future of your community, program, post, and life as a Peace Corps Volunteer. When a high number of Volunteers respond, we can be confident that the results reflect the full range of Volunteers’ unique perspectives.

The greater the number of Volunteers who participate, the more data we will have to conduct analysis and generate insights. We have achieved response rates above 90 percent in each of the past three years—the highest in the history of the survey. This brings us closer to having a true census of Volunteers. A census of Volunteers will allow us to represent confidently the opinion of all Volunteers, not just survey respondents.

Post staff may ask you to confirm that you completed the survey. They are also interested to see response data each year to do their jobs better. However, it is entirely up to you whether or not you want to share your survey participation status.

We appreciate and welcome your feedback. Please contact the Office of Strategic Information, Research, and Planning at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and our staff members will address your survey-related questions.

The Peace Corps welcomes your feedback! If you have suggestions about specific areas, please refer to the “Additional Resources for Peace Corps Volunteers” flyer and feel free to share your thoughts directly with our colleagues by email, phone, or a web form. If you are not sure who should receive your feedback, please contact the Office of Strategic Information, Research, and Planning at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and our staff members will direct you.

You can request a summary of your post’s survey results from your Country Director in mid-November. Key 2017 AVS findings will be reported in the Peace Corps’ 2017 Annual Performance Report. High-level 2017 AVS results will be posted on the Peace Corps’ Open Government site. Previous years’ global AVS results are already posted on Peace Corps’ Open Government site.

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