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Counseling teenagers in Belize. Launching an Armenian computer center. Promoting HIV/AIDS awareness in Malawi. Teaching chemistry in a Ghanaian high school. Peace Corps Volunteers work in a wide variety of areas —and no two days are ever the same.
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The Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. From that inspiration grew an agency of the federal government devoted to world peace and friendship.  
  
Think of the Peace Corps and you might imagine teaching in a one-room schoolhouse or farming in a remote area of the world. But while education and agriculture are still an important part of what the Peace Corps does, today's Volunteers are just as likely to be working on HIV/AIDS awareness, finding ways to provide fresh, clean water to a community, or working on small-business development.
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Since that time, more than 187,000 Peace Corps Volunteers have been invited by 139 host countries to work on issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation.
  
Peace Corps Volunteers work in the following areas: education, youth outreach, and community development; business development; agriculture and environment; health and HIV/AIDS; and information technology. Within these areas, the specific duties and responsibilities of each Volunteer can vary widely. Ask any Peace Corps Volunteer and he or she will tell you that everybody has a unique experience.
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Today's Peace Corps is more vital than ever, working in emerging and essential areas such as information technology and business development, and committing more than 1,000 new Volunteers as a part of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Peace Corps Volunteers continue to help countless individuals who want to build a better life for themselves, their children, and their communities.
  
''In each area specific description, if you can offer a more detailed description than this standard description the Peace Corps offers, please feel free to include that so others can get a better idea of what certain work areas consist of.''
 
  
==Areas==
 
[[Education, Youth Outreach, and Community Development]]<br>
 
Education, youth outreach, and community development Volunteers introduce innovative teaching methodologies, encourage critical thinking in the classroom, and integrate issues like health education and environmental awareness into English, math, science, and other subjects. 
 
 
   
 
   
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[[Mission]]<br>
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Learn about the Peace Corps' three goals. 
 
   
 
   
[[Business Development]] <br>
 
Business development Volunteers work in education, private businesses, public organizations, government offices, cooperatives, women's and youth groups, and more. 
 
 
   
 
   
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[[Fast Facts]]<br> 
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Statistics, facts, figures and other Peace Corps information. 
 
   
 
   
[[Environment]]  <br>
 
Environment Volunteers work on a wide variety of activities, from teaching environmental awareness to planting trees within a community. 
 
 
   
 
   
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[[History]]<br>
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In-depth information about the countries in which Volunteers serve. 
 
   
 
   
[[Agriculture]]  <br>
 
Agriculture Volunteers work with small farmers to increase food production while promoting environmental conservation practices.  In tropical regions some volunteers work supporting coffee and chocolate growers.  Organic techniques that use cover crops, green fertilizers, organic fertilizers are also used. 
 
 
   
 
   
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[[Management]]<br> 
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Learn more about the individuals and institutions supporting Volunteers around the world. 
 
   
 
   
[[Health]]  <br>
 
Health Volunteers educate and promote awareness issues such as malnutrition and safe drinking water. 
 
 
   
 
   
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[[Notable Former Volunteers]]<br> 
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Find out what Chris Matthews, Reed Hastings, and Paul Theroux have in common. 
 
   
 
   
[[HIV/AIDS]]  <br>
 
HIV/AIDS Volunteers provide hope and meaningful assistance to people affected by HIV/AIDS. 
 
 
   
 
   
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[[Peace Corps Today]]<br> 
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As needs around the world change, so does the Peace Corps. 
 
   
 
   
[[Information Technology]]  <br>
 
Information and communications technology (ICT) Volunteers help communities capitalize on technologies by teaching computer and multimedia skills, developing regional databases, and implementing networks for non-governmental organizations, businesses and government offices.
 
  
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[[Books on the Peace Corps]]<br> 
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A list of books about the Peace Corps experience, many written by returned Volunteers.
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==External Links==
 
==External Links==
[http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=learn.whatvol What Do Volunteers Do?] Official US Peace Corps Website
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[http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=learn.whatispc What is the Peace Corps?] Official US Peace Corps Website

Revision as of 18:07, 19 June 2007

The Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. From that inspiration grew an agency of the federal government devoted to world peace and friendship.

Since that time, more than 187,000 Peace Corps Volunteers have been invited by 139 host countries to work on issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation.

Today's Peace Corps is more vital than ever, working in emerging and essential areas such as information technology and business development, and committing more than 1,000 new Volunteers as a part of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Peace Corps Volunteers continue to help countless individuals who want to build a better life for themselves, their children, and their communities.


Mission
Learn about the Peace Corps' three goals.


Fast Facts
Statistics, facts, figures and other Peace Corps information.


History
In-depth information about the countries in which Volunteers serve.


Management
Learn more about the individuals and institutions supporting Volunteers around the world.


Notable Former Volunteers
Find out what Chris Matthews, Reed Hastings, and Paul Theroux have in common.


Peace Corps Today
As needs around the world change, so does the Peace Corps.


Books on the Peace Corps
A list of books about the Peace Corps experience, many written by returned Volunteers.

External Links

What is the Peace Corps? Official US Peace Corps Website