Volunteers serve in 77 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, and the Middle East. Peace Corps Volunteers live, learn, and work with a community overseas for 27 months, providing technical assistance in six program areas: education, youth and community development, health, business and information communications technology, agriculture, and environment.
Applications are accepted year-round. The process is lengthy and thorough—you can expect it to take between six months and a year from initial application to invitation. The invitation to a specific host country and placement will then be followed by a six week to three month preparation period before departure to the host country and training.
Dan Bellrichard, a 2001 graduate of Luther currently serving as Sustainability Coordinator, was a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali, West Africa, from 2001-2003. He served in a small rural village of about 4,000 people working on small business development. As the initial Peace Corps volunteer in the village he focused on building relationships with the community. He also started a mobile savings bank for the village and a community radio program.
There are many other Peace Corps alumni currently working as Professors at Luther such as Becky Bowman (Political Science) and Jon Wolseth (Anthropology). There is also a broad network of Peace Corps alumni in Decorah.