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Three simple goals comprise the Peace Corps' mission: 1. Helping the people of interested countries in meeting their needs for trained men and women. 2. Helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served. 3. Helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of all Americans.
Peace Corps The Peace Corps, a federal government agency established in 1961 by John F. Kennedy, that sends volunteers on two-year assignments to 70 developing countries around the world. Right now, more than 7,000 Americans are working overseas in programs ranging from environmental education, community services and English teaching to health, business development and agriculture extension. Benefits An enriching cross-cultural experience is only one of the many benefits Peace Corps can offer. Volunteers receive practical work experience, a living stipend, a $6,075 readjustment allowance upon completion of service, transportation to and from their country of service, complete medical and dental coverage, job placement assistance, and in some cases, deferment of student loans. Twenty-four vacation days are available to you as one of the benefits that you are able to use as you wish. You may return home, travel around your country of service or visit other countries. There are some restrictions, such as the first 6 months and the last 3 months of service and any other restrictions that the country director deems necessary. Qualifications You need to be 18 years of age or older and be a U.S. Citizen. Most Peace Corps assignments require a bachelor's degree, although substantial experience in certain fields can also enable you to qualify. In addition, foreign language skills and community service work enhance a candidate's competitiveness. To find out more - Every third Wednesday of the month we hold a General Information Session in the Auditorium of the Tip O'Neill Building, located at 10 Causeway Street, next to the Fleet Center, from 6:30 - 8:00 PM. This is an opportunity to speak with a Recruiter, hear from a panel of returned Peace Corps Volunteers and see a short video that highlights Peace Service from Moldova, Malawi and Panama. Please call to make a reservation for the General Information Session: 617-565-5555 For additional information, including an application please go to www.peacecorps.gov
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