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Peace Corps Director to Kick Off Agency Campaign to Call 30,000 Prospective Applicants

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 15, 2014 – On Wednesday, July 16, Peace Corps’ new Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet will kick off an agency-wide phone blitz to reach out to prospective applicants across the country. 

Staff at Peace Corps headquarters and regional offices will be making calls Wednesday and throughout the coming weeks to inform prospective candidates about the new Peace Corps application process, including the opportunity to choose their country of service and apply to specific programs through a new, shorter application. See the agency’s Tuesday announcement here. Under the previous application system, nearly 30,000 prospective volunteers started an application but did not complete it.

Hessler-Radelet, who was sworn in as the agency’s 19th director in June and comes from a four-generation Peace Corps family, will be joining staff gathered at the agency’s headquarters to make calls to prospective applicants.  

Photo opportunity of Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet and fellow staff as they call prospective applicants

Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet (RPCV Western Samoa, 1981-83) & Peace Corps staff

1:00 pm ET, Wednesday, July 16

Peace Corps Headquarters, 1111 20th St. NW, Washington, D.C.

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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