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MEDIA ADVISORY: Peace Corps To Host Holiday Season Events for Friends and Family of Current, Prospective & Returned Volunteers

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 25, 2013 – This holiday season, the Peace Corps will host a series of events across the country to share the volunteer experience with friends and family of current, prospective and returned volunteers. Events will feature volunteers’ parents and other family members who will address many of the questions and concerns friends and family often have before a loved one leaves for service abroad.

Peace Corps service is a life-defining journey not just for volunteers, but for their friends and family as well. Topics of discussion will include safety and security, health, staying in contact, and how volunteers are impacted by their service.

More than 215,000 Americans who have served know that the Peace Corps changes lives – both their own and the lives of people in communities around the world. Volunteers spend 27 months living and working alongside the people they serve, learning about leadership, ingenuity, self-reliance and relationship building. After service, Peace Corps volunteers return home as global citizens with new perspectives and skills that give them a competitive edge in today’s global economy.

The Peace Corps’ holiday season events will kick off on Tuesday, Nov. 26 and continue through Thursday, Dec. 19. See a complete list of friends and family events below.

To learn more about how the Peace Corps supports volunteers’ friends and family, click here.

WHAT:            
Holiday Season Events to Learn about the Peace Corps Volunteer Experience

WHO:                
Friends and Family of Current, Prospective and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

WHEN:            
Tuesday, Nov. 26 – Thursday, Dec. 19

WHERE:          
Visit the links below for more information on each event.

Nov. 26: Knoxville, TN
Nov. 29: Oakland, CA
Dec. 2: Tampa, FL
Dec. 2: Philadelphia, PA
Dec. 4: Sacramento, CA       
Dec. 5: Columbia, SC
Dec. 9: Mountain View, CA
Dec. 10: Portland, OR
Dec. 10: Washington, D.C.
Dec. 11: Denver, CO
Dec. 13: New York, NY       
Dec. 16: Orlando, FL
Dec. 16: Decatur, GA
Dec. 17: Fairview Park, OH
Dec. 17: San Antonio, TX
Dec. 18: Austin, TX
Dec. 18: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Dec. 19: Chicago, IL
Dec. 19: Walnut Creek, CA

RSVP
Media interested in attending an event should RSVP to pressoffice@peacecorps.gov indicating the specific event you’d like to attend.

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About the Peace CorpsAs the preeminent international service organization of the United States, the Peace Corps sends Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Peace Corps volunteers work at the grassroots level with local governments, schools, communities, small businesses and entrepreneurs to develop sustainable solutions that address challenges in education, health, economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development. When they return home, volunteers bring their knowledge and experiences – and a global outlook – back to the United States that enriches the lives of those around them. President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961 to foster a better understanding among Americans and people of other countries. Since then, more than 215,000 Americans of all ages have served in 139 countries worldwide. Visit www.peacecorps.gov to learn more.  

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