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Jamaica: Volunteer Response to Adventure

“Dorothy Burrill, 73, is doing more than soaking up the sun in Jamaica. The former college-level teacher from Marion, Mass., is helping to develop an anti-bullying program for youth as part of the Peace Corps Response program.

The program has offered short-term overseas assignments to former Peace Corps volunteers since 1996. It now accepts people like Burrill who have never worked in the Peace Corps but have at least 10 years of work experience and required language skills. Volunteers serve an average six months in assignments ranging from health specialist to university professional.

‘We’re seeing a lot more baby boomers and retirees,’ says Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams.

‘Many have raised their kids, had careers- and now they are ready to do this.’”

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