Janice Helen Vass of Long Beach Selected for Peace Corps Education Assignment in Georgia

Peace Corps Volunteer Profile:

Name: Janice Helen Vass

Age: 57

Hometown: Long Beach, Calif.

Alma Mater: Santa Clara University, juris doctor, 1999

Country of Service: Georgia

Assignment: English Teacher

Departure: April, 2012

For Immediate Release
WASHINGTON /April 24, 2012/ — Janice Helen Vass, 57, of Long Beach, Calif., has been accepted into the Peace Corps.

Vass will be departing for Georgia on April, 2012 to begin pre-service training as a English Teacher Peace Corps volunteer.

Vass says she was motivated to join the Peace Corps because, “I have an interest and aspiration to help people in need and to ‘give something back’ and make the world a better place.” She continued, “I am at the point in my life when I can retire and take on a new career teaching English as a second language.”

During her first three months of service, Vass will live with a host family in Georgia to become fully immersed in the country’s language and culture. After acquiring the language and cultural skills necessary to assist her host country, she will be sworn into service and be assigned to a community where she will live and work for two years with the local people.

Vass is a 1999 graduate of Santa Clara University, where she earned a degree in juris doctor.

Vass joins 1,202 California residents currently serving in the Peace Corps and more than 27,913 California residents who have served in the Peace Corps since 1961.

About Peace Corps:
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, 9,095 Peace Corps volunteers serve in 75 countries.

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.

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.

For more information and online applications, please visit www.peacecorps.gov.


Media Contact: Melanie Forthun of Peace Corps, 206-239-6603 or mforthun@peacecorps.gov.

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