Peace Corps at UTEP

What is Peace Corps?

The Peace Corps is a U.S. federal agency that provides technical, cross-cultural, and language training to 18+ year old U.S. citizens so that they can live, learn, and work with a community overseas. More than 7,000 volunteers are annually sent (FREE of charge) to 65 countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, and the Pacific. Among other opportunities, volunteers are given pay and living expenses to make a difference in one of the following work sectors shown on the right.

UTEP and Peace Corps History

  • UTEP, formerly Texas Western College (TWC), was one of the first two sites to train Peace Corps volunteers in 1961
  • TWC was the first to graduate its cohort from the training program on August 20th 1961
  • As of 2016, UTEP is ranked by the Peace Corps as one of the top volunteer-producing Hispanic Serving Institutions in the United States
  • 161 UTEP alumni have served in the program

Why Visit the Peace Corps @UTEP Office?

  • Talk one-on-one with UTEP campus recruiter, Kyla McMillan, RPCV Ukraine 2012-2014.
  • Begin your Peace Corps Prep journey with us.
  • Get valuable details about Peace Corps service and advice for the application process.
  • Learn about work and volunteer opportunities on campus and in the community that can prepare you for service.
  • Peace Corps @UTEP also offers support to UTEP students who have already been accepted to Peace Corps and are working in country.


Volunteering experience is very important to the Peace Corps. In order to make yourself a competitive candidate, prospective Peace Corps volunteers are encouraged to browse the many openings listed in The CUE in order to gain more experience.