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1 Presented By: Nellie Bhattarai, RPCV Nepal, The Toughest Job Youll Ever Love: The Peace Corps Experience

2 United States Peace Corps: A U.S. Government Agency, independent of the State Department that sends American citizens overseas to work as volunteers in international development assignments FOR 27 MONTHS

3 Mission and Goals To promote world peace and friendship by: helping the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women; helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served; helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

4 What, where and who are Volunteers?

5 Volunteer Programs Statistics based on data as of FY2004 Education 34% Health and HIV/AIDS 20% Business Development 16% Environment 14% Other 7% Agriculture 6% Youth 3%

6 Volunteer Locations Statistics based on requests for Volunteers as of 10/01/02 Latin America The Caribbean Asia Africa Pacific Islands North Africa and the Middle East Eastern Europe/ Central Asia

7 Volunteer Diversity Active Volunteers and trainees: 7,810 Gender: 58% women, 42% men Marital status: 91% single, 9% married Minorities: 16% of Volunteers Average Age: 28 Volunteers over 50: 6% (oldest volunteer 79) Statistics based on data as of 09/30/2004

8 What will Peace Corps do for me?

9 Why should I join the Peace Corps? To develop professionally and gain experience To grow and develop personally To learn a new language and culture To serve our country To make a difference and to help others To have an adventure and to travel To contribute to world peace through friendship

10 What are the benefits during service? Student loan deferment and/or partial cancellation Travel to and from your country of service Full medical and dental care Living allowance Language, cross-cultural, and technical training 48 paid vacation days Home leave for family emergencies

11 What are the benefits after service? $6,075 readjustment allowance upon completion of service One year of non-competitive eligibility status for federal jobs Graduate school opportunities Returned Volunteer network Reasonably priced health insurance for 18 months following service Professional benefits, including language fluency, international experience, and cross-cultural understanding

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13 What should I expect?

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16 Application process Step One: Application Step Two: Interview Step Three: Nomination Step Four: Medical and Legal Review Step Five: Invitation Step Six: Preparation for Departure R Recruiting Office Placement Office

17 Eligibility At least 18 years of age U.S. citizenship Desire to help other people help themselves A sense of adventure Some combination of education, skills, and life experience Volunteer experience and language skills are a plus

18 Next Steps Learn more about the Peace Corps Visit Review the catalogue and other materials Talk to former Peace Corps Volunteers Complete your application Online By mail

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