COUNTRY OF SERVICE: Fiji
ASSIGNMENT: Health Promoter
DEPARTURE DATE: May 2011
WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO BECOME A PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER? Everything about the Peace Corps had always appealed to me. The thought of traveling to exotic locals, having adventures and making differences in the lives of many attracted me even when I was little. My parents would often drop subtle hints to me about joining the Peace Corps. However, it never dawned on me to actually answer the call to action until after I had graduated college and had to figure out what to do next. Now I know.
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: Kate Kuykendall of Peace Corps, 310.356.1106 or firstname.lastname@example.org