The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and the Peace Corps have compiled this resource guide that outlines international exchange and scholarship opportunities for a variety of audiences, including Peace Corps Volunteers and community members, students, and counterparts in the communities they serve, Peace Corps post staff, and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs). For more information on the exchange programs in each Peace Corps country, please review the associated program website or exchanges.state.gov. Updated October 2019.
Who Should Use This Guide?
1. Peace Corps Volunteers
Volunteers can promote ECA programs among youth, counterparts, and community members and:
- Identify young leaders, students, teachers, and professionals in the communities where Volunteers serve as candidates for ECA exchange programs.
- Assist students, teachers, and community members to apply for exchange programs or to pursue U.S. higher education study opportunities.
- Invite ECA exchange participants or alumni to classrooms as teaching resources, or collaborate on community development and service projects.
- Collaborate with Embassy English language programs and access English teaching materials and resources at americanenglish.state.gov.
- Work with American Spaces as a platform for programs and information resources.
2. Peace Corps Post Staff
Peace Corps post staff can contact the Public Affairs Section at the Embassy and:
- Invite the Public Affairs Section to brief Peace Corps Volunteers on ECA opportunities during training sessions and other Volunteer events.
- Determine if there are programmatic synergies and opportunities for Volunteers to get involved with ECA programs.
- Learn about available resources, such as American Spaces and English language materials and programs.
3. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs)
RPCVs can explore post-Peace Corps opportunities such as:
- Exchange opportunities such as English Language Fellows, Fulbright English Teaching Assistants, and Critical Language Scholarships.
- Employment and internships with the U.S. State Department (careers.state.gov).
- Host an ECA-sponsored international high school exchange student in your home or school (hosting.state.gov). Help make American high school students aware of ECA-sponsored study abroad scholarships (exchanges.state.gov).