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Peace Corps Director to Highlight Service Opportunities, Historic New Agency Reforms on Capitol Hill

Five members of Congress to join Peace Corps Director, share stories of service

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 15, 2014 – On Wednesday, July 16, Peace Corps’ new Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet and all five current members of Congress who have served in the Peace Corps will talk with Capitol Hill staff and interns about how their service impacted their lives and careers, and why there is no better time to apply to join the Peace Corps.

Today Director Hessler-Radelet announced sweeping changes to the agency’s application process that will make applying to the Peace Corps simpler, faster and more personalized than ever before. Under this new recruitment initiative, applicants can now choose their country of service and apply to specific programs, and do so through a new, shorter application. The agency also released a new video from President Obama calling on Americans to serve.   

Hessler-Radelet, who was sworn in as the agency’s 19th director in June and comes from a four-generation Peace Corps family, has led an extensive reform effort since joining the agency in 2010. 

WHAT:     
Peace Corps event for Capitol Hill staff and interns

WHO:     
Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet, RPCV Western Samoa, 1981-83
Congressman Sam Farr (D-CA), RPCV Colombia, 1964-66
Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), RPCV Ethiopia, 1966-68
Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA), RPCV El Salvador, 1965-67
Congressman Joseph Kennedy (D-MA), RPCV Dominican Republic, 2004-06
Congressman Tom Petri (R-WI), RPCV Somalia, 1966-67

WHEN:     
9:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 16, 2014

WHERE:   
Committee on House Administration Hearing Room, 1310 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C.

RSVP:       
To cover this event, please RSVP to pressoffice@peacecorps.gov

About the Peace Corps: As 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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