the WHITE HOUSEPresident Barack Obama

Search form

Peace Corps Announces New Service Opportunity for Same-Sex Couples

Earlier today, Peace Corps Deputy Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet announced that, starting June 3, the agency will begin accepting applications from same-sex domestic partners who want to serve together as volunteers overseas. 

“Service in the Peace Corps is a life-defining leadership experience for Americans who want to make a difference around the world,” Deputy Director Hessler-Radelet said. “I am proud that the agency is taking this important step forward to allow same-sex domestic partners to serve overseas together.”

Expanding service opportunities to same-sex domestic partners is not only consistent with the Obama Administration’s ongoing commitment to advancing equality for the LGBT community, it also further diversifies the pool of Peace Corps applicants and the skills of those invited to serve overseas in the fields of education, health, community economic development, environment, youth in development and agriculture.  

Learn more about serving in the Peace Corps as a same-sex couple.