Peace Corps information session scheduled

University Park, Pa. -- Students interested in learning more about the Peace Corps are encouraged to attend the information session at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 7 in 103 Career Services.

Peace Corps is a federal agency that promotes sustainable development and global understanding to countries around the world by sending volunteers to live and work at the community level with peoples of other nations. Volunteers serve overseas for two years in agriculture, forestry, health and HIV/AIDS, youth development, business, education, engineering, urban planning and computer science. 

Peace Corps provides volunteers with three months of intensive training prior to the two year service, for a total of 27 months in the country of service. Peace Corps currently has over 7,800 volunteers in more than 70 countries around the world in places such as Africa, Central America, South America, Central and South Asia, and Eastern Europe. Peace Corps is recruiting volunteers who have a desire for adventure, a passion to serve humanity and a will to encounter “the toughest job you’ll ever love.”

Several things to think about as you consider serving with the Peace Corps:
1. The application process takes 6-9 months, so students graduating in May 2009 should think seriously about this opportunity to serve overseas and decide soon if it’s a good fit. If so, get started on the application soon.
2.  Applicants are expected to have a good background of skill-related experience in agriculture, environment, business, teaching, health or information technology.  This experience can be volunteer, work or other practical experience. The more experience, the better, so consider gaining additional experience while applying for Peace Corps.  Everyone should be gaining additional experience in preparation for Peace Corps service.
3. A reminder, “Peace Corps is first and foremost a human service organization. The top priority of a volunteer is to provide assistance to a host country. Successful volunteers demonstrate flexibility, adaptability, a sense of humor, resourcefullness, self-reliance, a sense of purpose and a positive attitude. "

Visit the Peace Corps Web site for more information: Come to the info session and see a video of volunteers at their sites of service overseas and bring questions.

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Last Updated March 19, 2009