After college, consider serving in the Peace Corps

University Park, Pa. -- Students thinking about life after college should consider serving in the international community through the Peace Corps. A unique opportunity, the Peace Corps can shape volunteers' futures in a positive and life-changing way.

To learn more about the Peace Corps, students should attend an information session to find out what volunteers do and how it can shape their future, as well as requirements needed to join.

The first information session of the 2012 spring semester is from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17 in 234 Career Services Center. Additional sessions will be held Wednesday, Feb. 15, Tuesday, March 13, and Wednesday, April 11. All sessions are from 6 to 7 p.m. in 234 of the Career Services Center.

There is no deadline to apply for Peace Corps, though now is the time for student graduating in 2012 to apply. The application process takes one year from submitting an application to leaving the United States for the start of service. For questions, contact the Peace Corps campus recruiter, Nellie Bhattarai at NGI100@sa.psu.edu or (814) 865-4594.

“One of the most remarkable things about Peace Corps living is confronting the fluid nature of knowledge. Volunteers must daily confront what they once accepted as fact, reevaluating both their initial impressions of their new home and their former perceptions of American culture. What is real and what is not? What is true and what is a socially endorsed notion? It is a beautiful and sometimes frightening journey. There are no outposts, no lamps in the dark. But if you choose to venture out, the rewards are rich: a fuller understanding of yourself, your country, and your world.”

-Jordan Earl, Peace Corps Volunteer, Uzbekistan 2002-2004

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Last Updated January 10, 2012