Peace Corps & State Department Critical Languages

This is a public service announcement.

I have aligned the Department of State Critical Languages with Peace Corps currently open (as of April 2013) countries of service. This is for those of you who are going into Peace Corps and want your language to benefit your future would-be career with DOS.

Here is the list of Critical Languages, with places those languages are spoken. If the locale has a bold PC beside it, you guessed it- Peace Corps currently serves there:

Arabic– Mauritania, Western Sahara, Morocco PC, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Sudan, Egypt, Palestine (Gaza Strip and West Bank), Syria, Lebanon, Jordan PC, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, Arabic Emirates (ancient Trucial Oman), Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait.

Azeri– Azerbaijan PC

Bengali– Bangladesh

Chinese (Mandarin)

Hindi– India

Indonesian– Indoniesia PC



Persian/Farsi– Iran (formerly Persia) and is also widely spoken in Afghanistan and, in an archaic form, in Tajikistan and the Pamir Mountain region, Bahrain, Iraq, Oman, People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen, and the United Arab Emirates

Punjabi-Punjabi is natively spoken by the majority of the population of Pakistan, and it is the primary language of the Sikhs in India and the third-most natively spoken language in South Asia, after Hindustani and Bengali. Punjabi is also currently the second-most spoken language in the United Kingdom.



Urdu-Pakistan, a status which it shares with English. It is also spoken and understood in parts of India, Bangladesh, Nepal PC, the Middle East.

State Department is calling…What language will YOU speak?


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