Peace Corps Now Offering Short or Long Term Volunteer Options
The Peace Corps has been serving the world for over 50 years. It began with a message shared to a group of university students by President (then Senator) John F. Kennedy and has since spiraled to over 200,000 volunteers spending time around the world.
The Peace Corps organization is most famously known for its 2 year/27 month “deployments” – when an individual (or sometimes a couple) will teach English in Zambia, develop health education and services in Cambodia or assist with technology adaptations in the Amazon (to name a few out of many placement possibilities). In a process that can take as long as a year from the time the applicant’s materials were submitted to the volunteer’s departure date, the Peace Corps volunteer program truly attempts to work with the participant’s strengths to find the best program match. In exchange for the time of volunteering, participant’s receive a monthly allowance, free travel to and from their volunteering location, health insurance, housing, and partial student loan cancellation.
In addition to the standard 27 month volunteering program, the Peace Corps is now beginning to offer open participation to the Peace Corps Response program. The Peace Corps Response program used to be open only to returning Peace Corps volunteers, as a way to participate again in the volunteering of the organization but within a shorter time-frame. A change recently occurred to allow any professional with at least 10 years of experience to volunteer as few as 3 days up to 14 days in the division of the Peace Corps that focuses solely on solving crisis situations from disasters, health, or financing. With volunteers serving domestically and internationally, the Peace Corps Response division is meant to provide direct support as it is needed – and provides a wonderful way for disaster relief professionals to help in whatever way possible.
If you would like more information about the Peace Corps organization (such as how to become a volunteer), follow this link: http://www.peacecorps.gov/
If you like to learn more specifically about the Peace Corps Response program, click here: http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=response
To read another blog on the Peace Corps, done by the Blogal Prosperity, click here: http://globalprosperity.wordpress.com/2011/06/13/the-60s-called-they-want-the-peace-corps-back/ (The clipart image was also taken from this location)