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Peace Corps Volunteer Opportunities

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Peace Corps Volunteer Opportunities
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Peace Corps volunteers serve in 73 countries around the world, working on a wide variety of issues such as healthcare, education, information technology, business development, and environmental preservation.

The Peace Corps was founded in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy to promote world peace and friendship. The mission of the Peace Corps is to help the people of interested countries to meet their need for trained men and women, to help promote a better understanding of Americans and to help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Employment information including volunteer opportunities, locations, benefits, and how to apply is available online.
Peace Corps

Peace Corps Volunteers
Volunteers serve for 27 months. They can be assigned a variety of jobs in a variety of locations. The Peace Corps web site has extensive information on the volunteer experience, including the tasks Peace Corps volunteers perform, the places to which volunteers are assigned, and type of people who volunteer.
Peace Corps Volunteers

Peace Corps Application Process
Interested candidates can apply to the Peace Corps online through the Peace Corps Application Portal. Volunteers must be over age 18 and be U.S. citizens. Married couples are welcome as older individuals. There is no upper age limit for volunteers; volunteers range from college students to retirees.

Once an application is accepted, a qualified candidate will then receive an interview. Applicants who are the best fit for a particular assignment will then get an invitation to serve, with details about the particular assignment.

The application, interview, and hiring process takes anywhere from seven to 12 months on average. This is due to the number of positions available, turnaround time for medical evaluations and reference checks, and other factors.
Peace Corps Application Portal

Peace Corps Benefits
Volunteers receive a monthly living and housing allowance during their Peace Corps service, as well as deferment of student loans while serving. Volunteers get full medical and dental coverage, and 48 paid vacation days over their two years of service.
Peace Corps Benefits 

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