The School of International Service (SIS) at American University is a proud participant in the Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, established by the Peace Corps in 1985 to promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans. After serving as Peace Corps Volunteers, SIS students bring home valuable experience and skills in education, program development, youth development, and cultural understanding. The Coverdell Fellows program is designed to extend these skills and experience to serve needs in our local Washington D.C. communities.
The SIS mission of public service, environmental stewardship, human rights, and social justice align naturally with the Peace Corps ideals of promoting world peace and friendship. SIS Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) partner with local Washington D.C. community partners and schools to apply the experience and skills they gained in the Peace Corps to serve the local D.C. community. The Fellows’ substantive international service experience enhance students’ international exposure and enrich classroom discussions through service learning projects, peace education, film, tutoring, and global and international studies curriculum development.
SIS Fellows bring their service home, thereby fulfilling the third goal of Peace Corps by serving the local community or population. Volunteers are matched to partner service sites each semester in a competitive application process which takes into account their strengths, experience, and the needs of the organizations. Service partners match closely with the goals and values of both SIS and the Peace Corps, and they all focus on serving the local population.
The financial benefit to Fellows is 6 credits of tuition remission towards their degree.