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.
- 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.