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Nowadays, you can submit your application to become a Peace Corps volunteer online. This is the way I did it. I was working for a Corporate America firm where I had 24-hour email at my fingertips, so I applied over a three-week period when I had lulls at work. The essays require a bit of thought, but you can also usually revamp old college or study abroad essays to fit what Peace Corps wants to hear. I altered my essays from when I applied for the NSEP scholarship to spend my junior year of college in Chile, and then pasted them into the online submission form. If you are a quick, creative writer, you can do the online application over a two-day period through

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