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Peace Corps Volunteers Worldwide Work to Eradicate Hunger and Increase Food Security
WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 16, 2014 – Peace Corps volunteers help communities around the world secure a healthy and reliable food supply, address shortages of clean water, ...
Peace Corps Volunteers Improve Hygiene and Prevent Disease by Promoting Handwashing
WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 15, 2014 – On Global Handwashing Day, celebrated annually on Oct. 15, the Peace Corps recognizes volunteers who educate and promote handwashing in ...
The Peace Corps Honors Volunteers Who Work Toward Gender Equality on International Day of the Girl Child
WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 10, 2014 – In honor of the International Day of the Girl Child on Oct.11, the Peace Corps recognizes volunteers who work toward ...
The Peace Corps Announces Record-Breaking Application Numbers in 2014
Applications reach 22-year high for the agency WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 8, 2014 – Today the Peace Corps announced that 17,336 Americans applied for two-year service positions in ...
Wednesday: Peace Corps to Honor AARP CEO, Six Outstanding Returned Volunteers with the 2014 Franklin H. Williams Award
WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 6, 2014 – Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet will honor AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins and six returned Peace Corps volunteers with ...
Peace Corps Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month at Events Across the Country
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 2, 2014 – Peace Corps offices across the country are holding recruitment events throughout National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) to field a ...
Peace Corps Volunteer Promotes Forest Conservation and Income Generation in Ethiopian Community
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 26, 2014 – In honor of World Tourism Day on Sept. 27, the Peace Corps recognizes volunteers who work to strengthen local economies and ...
Peace Corps & AmeriCorps Pledge to Expand Outreach Efforts on Ways to Reduce Student Loan Debt through Public Service
Peace Corps director highlights agency’s efforts to increase outreach to diverse communities at National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week Conference WASHINGTON, D.C, Sept. 23, ...
Peace Corps Albania Volunteers and Staff Meet Pope Francis
WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 23, 2014 – Peace Corps Albania volunteers and staff had the distinct honor of meeting Pope Francis during his visit to Albania ...
Peace Corps Director Calls on College Students to Make a Difference After Graduation Through International Service
Urges College Seniors to Take Advantage of New, Shorter Application Process and Apply by September 30 WASHINGTON, D.C., September 19, 2014 – As many college ...
Statement from Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet on Hispanic Heritage Month
I am pleased to recognize September 15 to October 15 as National Hispanic Heritage month at the Peace Corps. Hispanic Americans represent a wide range ...
Peace Corps Volunteers Begin 150-Mile Run to Educate Ethiopians about HIV/AIDS
Twenty Peace Corps Ethiopia volunteers set out on seven-day journey WASHINGTON, D.C, Sept. 12, 2014 – Beginning today, 20 Peace Corps volunteers in Ethiopia are ...
Peace Corps to Return to Timor-Leste
WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 10, 2014 – The Peace Corps today announced that volunteers will return to the island nation of Timor-Leste in Southeast Asia in ...
Peace Corps Volunteers Worldwide Promote Reading and Writing on International Literacy Day
Washington, D.C., September 8, 2014 – Peace Corps volunteers work with local communities around the globe to promote literacy through projects focused on reading and writing. In ...
Peace Corps Volunteers to Return to Comoros
More than 70 Peace Corps volunteers served in the island nation from 1988-1995 WASHINGTON, D.C., September 5, 2014 – The Peace Corps today signed an ...
Peace Corps Volunteer Uses Field Hockey to Empower Girls in Uganda
WASHINGTON, DC September 4, 2014 – Peace Corps volunteer Lindsay Carrera of Hartland, Wisconsin, is empowering local Ugandan girls and improving their health through sports. ...
Peace Corps Director Swears in First Volunteers in Kosovo
WASHINGTON, D.C., August 20, 2014 – Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet today swore in the first-ever group of Peace Corps volunteers to serve in Kosovo ...
Peace Corps Volunteers Host Nepal’s First Camp GLOW
WASHINGTON, D.C., August 19, 2014 – Nine Peace Corps volunteers in Nepal recently hosted the country’s first Camp GLOW – Girls Leading our World – ...
Peace Corps Announces Winners of Annual ‘Blog It Home’ Contest
Winning volunteers will travel to Washington, D.C. to share their global perspective with local youth WASHINGTON, D.C, Aug. 13, 2014 – Today the Peace Corps announced ...
Peace Corps Volunteers Promote Understanding and Support for People with Disabilities in Armenia
WASHINGTON, D.C., August 11, 2014 - Peace Corps volunteers in Armenia are collaborating with local non-governmental organizations to help communities create inclusive environments for children ...
Peace Corps Removing Volunteers in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 30, 2014 – The Peace Corps today announced that it is temporarily removing its volunteers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea due ...
Peace Corps Kenya Volunteers Safely Close Their Service, Program Suspended
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 29, 2014 – The Peace Corps today announced that all Peace Corps Kenya volunteers have safely and successfully closed their Kenya service. ...
Agency Response to New York Times Article
The road to building a better, stronger Peace Corps Peace Corps Volunteers serve worldwide, in countries with different cultures, languages, food and resources. As the New ...
Peace Corps and the National Peace Corps Association Strengthen Ties through New Partnership
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 24, 2014 – Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet and National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) President Glenn Blumhorst recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding ...
Peace Corps Announces Historic Changes to Application and Selection Process
Peace Corps also Releases New Public Service Announcement from President Obama Calling on Americans to Serve WASHINGTON, D.C., July 15, 2014 – Peace ...
Peace Corps Volunteers Bike Across Togo to Train Community Health Workers
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 9, 2014 – Peace Corps volunteer Katherine Ku of Fair Oaks, Calif., recently worked with fellow volunteers and community members in Togo to ...
Peace Corps Volunteer Works with Beekeepers in Ghana to Generate Sustainable Income through Honey Sales
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 2, 2014 – Peace Corps volunteer Molly Rooney of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., is working with a group of beekeepers in Ghana to ...
Carrie Hessler-Radelet Sworn In as 19th Director of the Peace Corps
Hessler-Radelet committed to using the tools, technologies and opportunities of the 21st century to strengthen the Peace Corps today WASHINGTON, D.C., June 25, 2014 – ...
Peace Corps Volunteer Builds First Bathroom in Senegal School
New facility will improve local sanitation and health Washington, D.C., June 27, 2014 – Peace Corps volunteer Karen Chaffraix, 57, of Warrenton, Va., is working ...
Peace Corps Volunteers Support New ‘Let Girls Learn’ Effort by Educating Women and Girls around the Globe
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 20, 2014 – Peace Corps volunteers worldwide are supporting the new government-wide Let Girls Learn effort by increasing opportunities for women and girls ...
Peace Corps Volunteer Inspired to Serve by Late Father
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 13, 2014 - In honor of Father’s Day this Sunday, the Peace Corps celebrates the many fathers who have served as Peace ...
Peace Corps Highlights Volunteers Who Promote Vibrant Oceans on World Oceans Day
WASHINGTON D.C. June 6, 2014 – Peace Corps volunteers work with local communities around the globe to protect and preserve the world’s oceans and their resources. In ...
CARRIE HESSLER-RADELET CONFIRMED AS 19th DIRECTOR OF THE PEACE CORPS
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 5, 2014 – Today the U.S. Senate took bipartisan action to confirm Carrie Hessler-Radelet as the 19th director of the Peace Corps. ...
Peace Corps and EPA Celebrate World Environment Day
Peace Corps Volunteers Promote Environmental Awareness and Protection WASHINGTON, D.C., June 5, 2014 – In honor of World Environment Day, the Peace Corps and the U.S. ...
Peace Corps Volunteers Host Camp to Help Cambodian Students Develop Leadership and Healthy Life Skills
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 28, 2014 - Peace Corps volunteers serving throughout Cambodia are coming together this week to host a leadership and healthy life skills ...
Peace Corps Ghana Cashew Initiative Benefits Local Farmers
Using mobile technology, Peace Corps volunteers help Ghana cashew farmers boost business WASHINGTON, D.C., May 21, 2014 – Peace Corps volunteer Michael Underwood of Pineville, ...
Peace Corps Now Accepting Applications for Global Health Service Partnership Volunteers for 2015
Volunteers train a new generation of physicians and nurses in Africa WASHINGTON, D.C., May 19, 2014 – Today the Global Health Service Partnership program begins ...
Peace Corps Acting Director Delivers Commencement Address at Antioch University New England
Remarks of Carrie Hessler-Radelet Acting Director, Peace Corps Antioch University New England, Keene, NH AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY May 17, 2014 Thank you, Pat, for ...
International Day of Families: Peace Corps Service a Tradition for Washington State Family
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 15, 2014 – In honor of the International Day of Families and the 20th anniversary of the International Year of the Family, ...
Peace Corps Volunteer Connects Students in Botswana with Mom’s Classroom to Spark Global Learning Across Continents
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 9, 2014 – For Mother’s Day, the Peace Corps recognizes mothers who inspire their sons and daughters to serve others, and support them ...
Peace Corps Announces 2014 Top Master’s International and Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Programs
Programs offer unique opportunity to combine graduate school and Peace Corps service WASHINGTON, D.C., May 7, 2014 – The Peace Corps today announced the 2014 rankings of ...
Peace Corps & Rotary Announce Collaboration to Promote Global Development and Volunteer Service
Initial pilot in the Philippines, Thailand and Togo WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 2014 – Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet and Rotary International General Secretary ...
Peace Corps Volunteer Builds Library at Ugandan School to Encourage Reading among Students
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 28, 2014 – Peace Corps volunteer Lantana Hoke of Haiku, Hawaii is building a library for students at her local school in ...
Peace Corps Volunteers Work to Make Every Day Earth Day Around the Globe
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 22, 2014 – On Earth Day and every day, Peace Corps volunteers lead grassroots efforts to protect and preserve the environment in the ...
Peace Corps Announces 2014 Top Hispanic-Serving Institutions for Volunteers
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 16, 2014 – The Peace Corps today announced its 2014 rankings of the top volunteer-producing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). San Diego State University ...
Peace Corps Volunteers Put World’s Youth on a Brighter Path
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 11, 2014 – Peace Corps volunteers around the world are helping young people in their local communities develop career skills, build confidence, ...
Peace Corps Volunteers Find Innovative Solutions to Global Health Challenges
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 7, 2014 – In honor of World Health Day, the Peace Corps celebrates the work of volunteers around the world to improve ...
Peace Corps Volunteers Help Local Silk-Weaving Artisans Reach International Markets
Project bringing financial independence and stability to women in Madagascar WASHINGTON, D.C., April 4, 2014 – Peace Corps volunteer Amy Wallace of Columbia, Mo., and ...
Peace Corps Volunteers Create First-Ever Visual Record of Kenyan Sign Language to Improve Deaf Education
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 1, 2014 – Peace Corps volunteers Rachel Rose of Olathe, Kan., and Peter Hess of Boise, Idaho, are working with local community ...
Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet, U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent Promote Service at Lehigh University
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 31, 2014 – Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet and U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) spoke with students and faculty from across ...
Peace Corps Mourns the Loss of Volunteer Porter Knight
WASHINGTON D.C., MARCH 26, 2014 - Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet is saddened to confirm the death of Peace Corps volunteer Porter Knight. Porter, ...
Peace Corps and University of Michigan Announce New Opportunities for Students to Combine Volunteer Service with Graduate School
CHICAGO, March 26, 2014 – Today, the Peace Corps and the University of Michigan announced two new partnership agreements that will offer more students the ...
Peace Corps Volunteers Worldwide Work to Expand Access to Clean Water
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 21, 2014 – In honor of International World Water Day, held annually on March 22, the Peace Corps celebrates the work of ...
Peace Corps Announces 2014 Top Volunteer-Producing Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Howard University earns top spot after becoming first-ever HBCU to appear on Peace Corps’ national college rankings WASHINGTON, D.C., March 18, 2014 – The Peace ...
Statement from Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet on the 5th Anniversary of Kate Puzey's Death
WASHINGTON, D.C. – “Today, on the fifth anniversary of the death of Peace Corps volunteer Kate Puzey, we honor her legacy and reaffirm our commitment ...
Peace Corps Kicks Off Career Development Events for Returned Volunteers Across the Country
First career conference begins Wednesday in Tempe, Arizona WASHINGTON, D.C., March 11, 2014 – The Peace Corps is helping hundreds of returned volunteers enhance their ...
Peace Corps Mourns the Loss of Volunteer Ashley Earl
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 10, 2014 – Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet is saddened to confirm the death of Peace Corps volunteer Ashley Earl. Ashley, ...
Peace Corps Honors Volunteers who Inspire Women and Girls for International Women’s Day
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 7, 2014 – In honor of International Women’s Day on Saturday, March 8, the Peace Corps recognizes volunteers working in communities around the ...
Honoring Peace Corps Week in the 21st Century
Remarks of Carrie Hessler-Radelet Acting Director, Peace Corps National Press Club, Washington, D.C AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY February 27, 2014 Thank you, Lauren, for that ...
Peace Corps Week Celebrates Volunteers’ Contributions at Home and Abroad for Peace Corps’ 53rd Anniversary
WASHINGTON, D.C., February 24, 2014 – Ahead of the Peace Corps’ 53rd anniversary on March 1, the agency today kicks off Peace Corps Week to ...
Peace Corps Ukraine Volunteers Evacuated Safely
WASHINGTON, D.C., February 24, 2014 – The Peace Corps today announced that all Peace Corps Ukraine volunteers are safe and accounted for, and have been ...
Peace Corps Announces the 2014 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities
University of Wisconsin-Madison reclaims the top spot among large schools WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 11, 2014 – For the first time in eight years, the University ...
New video release: Peace Corps Digs – Zambia
Ever wonder what living abroad as a Peace Corps volunteer might be like? David Berger, a Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia, takes you inside his ...
Peace Corps Partners with Six New Colleges and Universities to Prepare Students for International Service
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 4, 2014 – The Peace Corps today announced new partnerships with six universities and colleges accepted into the Peace Corps Prep Program. ...
Peace Corps Volunteers Use Music to Educate and Empower Youth through Cultural Exchange
WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 28, 2014 – Peace Corps volunteers around the world are making a difference through music. By sharing their love of music with ...
Peace Corps Volunteer Brings the First Bookmobile to Underserved Communities in Georgia
Library on wheels offers books, videos and Internet access to isolated communities for free WASHINGTON, D.C., January 22, 2014 – Peace Corps volunteer Kristen Moses ...
Peace Corps Volunteer Teaches Healthy Eating Habits to Children and Mothers in Guatemala
WASHINGTON, D.C., January 14, 2014 – Peace Corps volunteer Kate Young of Chapel Hill, N.C., is spearheading a school nutrition project to address malnutrition in ...
Peace Corps Volunteers Combat the Spread of HIV/AIDS in Kenya by Helping Women Find Financial Independence
WASHINGTON, D.C., January 7, 2014 – In Kenya, Peace Corps volunteers have been working to end the practice of trading sex for fish, which has ...
More than 160 New Peace Corps Volunteers Sworn Into Service as 2013 Comes to a Close
WASHINGTON, D.C., December 26, 2013 – More than 160 new Peace Corps volunteers were sworn into service in the month of December in Burkina Faso, ...
Peace Corps Volunteer Helps Women in Cameroon Fight Malnutrition and Gain Financial Independence
WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 20, 2013 – Peace Corps health volunteer Marissa Falk of Madison, Wis., is working with a group of Cameroonian women to start ...
For the Fourth Year in a Row, Peace Corps Named One of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government
Among Small Agencies, Peace Corps Ranked No. 4 Overall and No. 1 in Support for Diversity WASHINGTON, D.C., December 18, 2013 – Today the Peace ...
Peace Corps Volunteer to Bring Safe Drinking Water to Schools in Zambia
Clean water supply to improve health and support school construction projects WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 16, 2013 – Peace Corps volunteer Emily McKeone of Omaha, Neb., ...
Peace Corps Announces Top Volunteer-Producing States and Metropolitan Areas for 2013
Vermont reclaims top spot among states with the most volunteers per capita, also ranks among top metro areas per capita WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 11, 2013 ...
Peace Corps Celebrates Global Volunteerism on International Volunteer Day
WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 5, 2013 – On International Volunteer Day, Peace Corps recognizes and applauds volunteers’ commitment to making a difference around the world. In addition to ...
Peace Corps Volunteers Deliver Art Supplies to Moroccan Students to Encourage Artistic Expression
WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 3, 2013 – Peace Corps education volunteer Margaret Bridges of Brookfield, Wis., recently coordinated a nine-day art education tour throughout southern Morocco ...
For World AIDS Day, Peace Corps Reinforces its Commitment to Achieving an AIDS-Free Generation
WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 29, 2013 – Peace Corps volunteers around the world are working to make a difference in the fight against HIV/AIDS alongside U. ...
The Peace Corps Honors President John F. Kennedy's Legacy on the 50th Anniversary of his Death
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On the 50th anniversary of his passing, the Peace Corps honors the legacy of President John F. Kennedy. The Peace Corps traces ...
Conviction in 1998 Cold Case Homicide of Peace Corps/Gabon Volunteer Karen Phillips
Libreville, Gabon, Nov. 19, 2013 – Thierry “Rambo” Ntoutoume Nzue was convicted Tuesday for the 1998 murder of 37-year-old Peace Corps/Gabon Volunteer Karen Phillips. A ...
On International Men’s Day, Peace Corps Highlights Gender Equality Projects Around the World
WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 19, 2013 – In honor of International Men’s Day, the Peace Corps recognizes volunteers worldwide who are making a difference by engaging ...
The Peace Corps Office of Inspector General Receives Two Awards for Excellence
WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 15, 2013 - The Peace Corps Office of Inspector General received two awards for excellence on November 15, 2013 at the Council ...
Support Philippines Disaster Relief Efforts Following Typhoon Haiyan
WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 14, 2013 – In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, the Peace Corps would like to thank all of the individuals and organizations ...
Peace Corps Volunteers Organize Competition to Help Panamanian Students Develop English Fluency and Enhance Reading Comprehension
WASHINGTON, D.C., November 12, 2013 – Peace Corps volunteers Rebecca Beitsch of Tallahassee, Fla., and Nick Bringardner of Farmington Hills, Mich., recently joined forces to organize ...
Peace Corps Philippines Volunteers Safe and Accounted for in the Aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan
WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 11, 2013 – In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, Peace Corps announced today that all volunteers in the Philippines are safe and ...
Peace Corps Volunteers Publish Children’s Book to Help Fight Malaria in Madagascar
WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 7, 2013 – Peace Corps volunteers Raegan and Patrick Spencer of Sterrett, Ala., are educating schoolchildren in Madagascar about the causes and dangers ...
Peace Corps Engages Students in the Fight Against Hunger
WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 4 – Peace Corps and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) are raising awareness among students on campuses nationwide about efforts ...
Peace Corps Volunteer Teaches Students about Halloween to Encourage Cultural Exchange
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 31, 2013 – Peace Corps volunteers worldwide are teaching community members about American Halloween traditions, exemplifying the Peace Corps’ goal of promoting ...
Peace Corps Volunteer’s Love of Running Helps to Promote Cultural Exchange and Community Development in Indonesia
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 29, 2013 – Peace Corps education volunteer Shane Butler of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., loves running, and he’s using his love of ...