Students: Consider joining the Peace Corps after graduation

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Students who want to make a difference after graduation should consider joining the Peace Corps. Peace Corps offers an opportunity to serve developing communities throughout the world while improving the personal and professional skills of its volunteers. There are not many other opportunities that make the impact that Peace Corps makes. Learn more about the organization and the opportunity to serve others in an international community by attending a Peace Corps Information session at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15, in 234 of the Career Services Center.

There is no deadline to apply for Peace Corps, though now is the time to apply for students graduating in 2012. The application process takes about one year from submitting an application to leaving the U.S. to start service.

Find out more information about the Peace Corps:

1. Penn State is ranked 20th among top colleges and universities in the United State that contribute to the volunteer population abroad. Learn more: http://multimedia.peacecorps.gov/multimedia/pdf/stats/schools2012.pdf

2. For more information about service and grad school, visit: www.peacecorps.gov/gradschool.

3. Check out "Conversations" - a one minute video featuring a string of short conversations that represent what many Returned Volunteers feel as they return from their service overseas. They have life-defining experiences, accomplishments and stories to share.

4. Also checkout "Video Postcards." Returned Volunteer Maureen Orth (RPCV Colombia 1965-67) launched a great new interactive website showcasing the diversity of Peace Corps' work and celebrating 50 years of Peace Corps.

Words from a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer:

“The Peace Corps truly builds capacity with people, rather than just giving money or material goods that make underdeveloped communities dependent on someone else. It is important for people to believe that they can and should make a difference themselves by building on their own capabilities.”

Dale Mosier, Penn State engineering alum, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served as an HIV/AIDS capacity builder in Africa, and as the Peace Corps country director in Malawi.

 

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Last Updated February 07, 2012