COUNTRY OF SERVICE: Paraguay
ASSIGNMENT: Community Economic Development Promotor
DEPARTURE DATE: May 2011
WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO BECOME A PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER? While I was studying abroad, a chance encounter with a Peace Corps volunteer opened my mind to the Peace Corps experience. I was instantly entranced by the opportunities and experiences such an organization generates. I am ecstatic to begin my journey of sharing with, learning from, and befriending a new community.
ABOUT THE PEACE CORPS:
In 2011, the Peace Corps celebrates 50 years of international service. More than 200,000 Americans have served as Peace Corps volunteers in 139 countries since President John F. Kennedy established the agency in 1961.
Through their service, volunteers increase awareness of America around the world and help our country gain an understanding of other cultures beyond our borders. Currently, 8,655 Peace Corps volunteers serve in 77 countries – the largest number of volunteers in 40 years.
Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment. Volunteers live and work with a community overseas to reach goals in education, health, business, agriculture, the environment, youth development and more.
Peace Corps volunteers spend their first three months of service in training, living with a host family and studying the local language and culture.
Volunteers receive many benefits, including transportation, a living stipend, medical care, graduate school opportunities, student loan deferment, $7,425 upon completion and much more. Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens, at least 18-years old, and in good health. There is no upper age limit and no cost to participate. Apply online.
For more information and online applications, please visit www.peacecorps.gov.
Media Contact: Nathan Hale Sargent of Peace Corps, 510.452.8446 or firstname.lastname@example.org