Peace Corps is increasing the number of international volunteer positions, and we have more opportunities than ever for college seniors and grad students to apply for 2011 programs.
Peace Corps continues to seek applicants with specific skill sets in education, agriculture, environment, health, business and IT. We also need applicants majoring in areas such as liberal arts, humanities, cultures and languages, international studies, political science, anthropology, geography, communications, etc.
Peace Corps looks for applicants with leadership skills and commitment to service, and if needed, can advise on the best type of volunteer or internship work to complete according to skills and interests to fully qualify for a spot. For example, we currently have a high need for applicants who are willing to gain a few months of tutoring/teaching experience in order to qualify for English teaching assignments.
Interested candidates can go to www.peacecorps.gov/application to apply online and talk with a recruiter about Peace Corps assignments best matching their qualifications. Also, local information sessions are listed at www.peacecorps.gov/events.
Benefits of Peace Corps Service
In addition to making a difference for others, Peace Corps service comes with tangible benefits:
• Combining service with graduate school for credit and/or financial assistance
• Paid living expenses, Full health and dental coverage in service, Vacation days
• $7,425 readjustment allowance upon service completion
• Deferment or partial cancellation of some student loans
• Job placement support and federal employment advantage
• International work experience and cultural exchange
• Affordable health insurance after service
• Network of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers for social and career connections
Peace Corps is a great way to launch a career. Volunteers return home as global citizens, with cross-cultural, leadership, language, teaching and community development skills that position them well for advanced education and professional opportunities.
We hope that you can share this information about Peace Corps with your students. Or, contact our office if you would like more information or handout materials for your department.
Thank you for your ongoing help and support in making this unique personal and professional development opportunity available to your students.
Peace Corps Volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age, but there is no upper age limit. First established by President John F. Kennedy in 1961, the Peace Corps celebrates 50 years of global outreach and service in 2011. Read more about the Peace Corps mission.
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