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Peace Corps Director Discusses the Importance of Girls’ Education at MORE Impact Awards
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 29, 2015 – Today Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet spoke about the Peace Corps’ role in the Let Girls Learn initiative and the ...
72-Year-Old Peace Corps Response Volunteer Swears Into Eighth Tour of Service
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 18, 2015 – Fifty years after his first Peace Corps service in Guinea, Kerry Johnson of Tracy, California, was recently sworn in ...
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Speaks at ‘Let Girls Learn’ Event in London
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 16, 2015 – Returned Peace Corps volunteer Bina Contreras joined First Lady Michelle Obama today to speak about the importance of girls’ education ...
Peace Corps Director Returns to Samoan Community Where She Served as a Volunteer 32 Years Ago
Director Also Signs New Partnership to Address Climate Change in the Pacific WASHINGTON, D.C., June 10, 2015 – Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet today returned, ...
Peace Corps Director Thanks Middle School Students for Supporting Girls’ Education Worldwide
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 8, 2015 – On Friday, June 5, Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet was joined by U.S. Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) to thank ...
Peace Corps Celebrates Volunteers Who Promote Environmental Awareness on World Environment Day
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 5, 2015 – In honor of World Environment Day today, the Peace Corps celebrates volunteers across the globe who are helping their communities protect ...
Peace Corps Announces 2015 Top Hispanic-Serving Institutions for Volunteers
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 3, 2015 – The Peace Corps today announced its 2015 rankings of the top volunteer-producing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) nationwide. The University of California, ...
Peace Corps Director Joins Returned Volunteers to Mark President John F. Kennedy’s Birthday at Arlington National Cemetery
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 29, 2015 – To mark what would have been President John F. Kennedy’s 98th birthday, Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet today joined ...
Peace Corps Celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Enlarge image WASHINGTON, D.C., May 28, 2015 – Throughout the month of May, the Peace Corps has been highlighting Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) ...
Peace Corps Mourns the Loss of Volunteer Robert Lehman
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 24, 2015 – Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet is saddened to confirm the death of Peace Corps volunteer Robert “Robbie” Lehman. Robbie, ...
Peace Corps Volunteers Organize Swaziland’s First-Ever Boys Empowerment Camp
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 19, 2015 – Peace Corps volunteers Conor McGee of Boise, Idaho, and Jordan Ricketts of Redmond, Oregon, recently worked with fellow volunteers and community members ...
Remarks as Prepared For Delivery By Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet at The University of Puget Sound's 2015 Commencement Ceremony
University of Puget Sound Commencement Tacoma, WA May 17, 2015 As Prepared For Delivery Thank you, Matt, for that wonderful introduction. And thank you, on ...
Peace Corps Volunteers Support Mothers Across 60 Countries
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 8, 2015 – This Mother’s Day, Peace Corps celebrates volunteers worldwide who are making a difference for mothers and their families. Across ...
Peace Corps and Rotary International Strengthen Ties through Expanded Partnership
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 4, 2015 – Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet and Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) ...
Peace Corps Volunteer Fosters Intercultural Friendships through Student Pen Pal Program
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 30, 2015 – Peace Corps volunteer Jessica Fryman of Las Vegas, Nevada, is teaching her Gambian primary school students reading, writing and English language ...
Peace Corps Volunteers Temporarily Leaving Nepal
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 29, 2015 – The Peace Corps today announced that all 32 trainees and 53 volunteers are temporarily leaving Nepal and returning to ...
Peace Corps Grows Malaria Prevention Outreach in Africa
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 24, 2015 – The Peace Corps is leading efforts to eradicate malaria in partnership with the President's Malaria Initiative (PMI) and non-governmental ...
Peace Corps Celebrates Earth Day and Volunteers Working to Preserve Our World
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 22, 2015 – Today, on the 45th annual Earth Day, Peace Corps recognizes volunteers around the world who help to protect our ...
Peace Corps Announces 2015 Top Volunteer-Producing Historically Black Colleges and Universities
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 21, 2015 – Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet today announced Peace Corps’ 2015 top volunteer-producing Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) at ...
Peace Corps Volunteers Encourage Leadership among Youth Around the World
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 17, 2015 – Peace Corps volunteers around the world are encouraging youth to be leaders in their communities to effect change. In ...
Peace Corps Volunteer Helps Community Members in Mexico Receive Eye Care for the First Time
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 15, 2015 – Recently returned Peace Corps volunteer Matt Pickler of Oviedo, Florida, has helped more than 150 members of his Mexican ...
Peace Corps Volunteer Expands Local Library to Improve English Literacy and Language Skills in China
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 10, 2015 – Peace Corps volunteer Kolter Kiess of Bucyrus, Ohio, is sharing his love of reading with more than 100 Chinese ...
Peace Corps & Moroccan Foreign Minister Honor Longstanding Partnership
Kingdom of Morocco announces $100,000 donation to support volunteers’ work WASHINGTON, D.C., April 9, 2015 – The Peace Corps today welcomed Moroccan Foreign Minister ...
Peace Corps Volunteer Builds Gym to Engage Lesotho Community on Health Education & HIV/AIDS Prevention
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 7, 2015 – Peace Corps volunteer Evan Brown of Eads, Tennessee, is building a health club in Lesotho to give his community ...
Peace Corps Mourns the Loss of Volunteer David Ripley
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 2, 2015 – Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet is saddened to confirm the death of Peace Corps volunteer David Ripley. David, 29, ...
Peace Corps Volunteer Uses Sports to Educate Boys and Girls in Cambodia
New facility to encourage girls’ participation WASHINGTON, D.C., March 26, 2015 – Peace Corps volunteer Fatuma Youb of Columbia Heights, Minnesota, is using sports to ...
Peace Corps Celebrates Volunteers Who Promote Food Security and Economic Growth on National Agriculture Day
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 24, 2015 - In recognition of National Agriculture Day, the Peace Corps celebrates volunteers who share their knowledge of agricultural practices with ...
Peace Corps Honors Volunteers Who Improve Water Access on World Water Day
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 23 2015 - In recognition of World Water Day yesterday, Peace Corps honors volunteers who work alongside their communities to address water ...
Remarks as Prepared For Delivery By Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet at the Let Girls Learn Event With First Lady
Siem Reap, Cambodia Saturday, March 21, 2015 As Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Danielle. I am inspired by the amazing work you are ...
Peace Corps Jordan Program Temporarily Suspended
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 7, 2015 – The Peace Corps today announced the temporary suspension of its program in Jordan due to the current regional environment. All ...
Statement from Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet on the Passing of Father Theodore Hesburgh
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 4, 2015 – Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet today released the following statement on the passing of Father Theodore Hesburgh. “The entire ...
First Lady Michelle Obama and the Peace Corps Join Together to Expand Girls’ Education
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 3, 2015 CONTACT: Press Office, 202.692.2230 WASHINGTON, D.C., March 3, 2015 – President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama today ...
Peace Corps’ 54th Anniversary this Sunday Kicks Off Peace Corps Week 2015
Week of activities shines a spotlight on powerful relationships with members of host community WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 27, 2015 – In honor of the agency’s ...
Peace Corps Volunteer Helps Organize Mongolia’s First Special Olympics Competition for 150 Athletes
Qualifying athletes will represent Mongolia at the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 26, 2015 – Peace Corps volunteer James ...
Peace Corps Announces 2015 Top Volunteer-Producing Schools
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 18, 2015 – For the second time in three years, schools in the state of Washington produced the most Peace Corps volunteers ...
Love and Life Abroad: Peace Corps Couples Share their Service Stories
Enlarge image WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 13, 2015 – In celebration of Valentine’s Day, the Peace Corps highlights the unique experiences of couples serving together ...
Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet Meets with Eight Former Agency Directors
Enlarge image WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 6, 2015 – Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet met with eight former agency directors at Peace Corps headquarters on Thursday ...
Peace Corps Invites Prospective Applicants to Black History Month Events Across the Country
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 5, 2015 – Throughout Black History Month, the Peace Corps is inviting interested applicants to learn about the Peace Corps experience and talk with ...
Peace Corps Volunteers Distribute 20,000 Ribbons to Promote Awareness of Gender-Based Violence in Botswana
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 3, 2015 – Peace Corps volunteer Peggy Flynn of Santa Cruz, California, has teamed up with fellow Peace Corps volunteers and local ...
Peace Corps Director Joins Staff for Day of Service in Honor of MLK’s Birthday
WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 16, 2015 – Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet visited children at Barbara Chambers Children’s Center in northwest D.C. this week for a ...
First Volunteers Invited to Serve through New Peace Corps Application Process Depart Beginning this Month
Volunteers preparing to leave for service share their experience with new application process WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 12, 2015 – The first Peace Corps volunteers to be ...
Peace Corps Mourns the Loss of Volunteer John D. L. Petersen
WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 5, 2015 – Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet is saddened to confirm the death of Peace Corps volunteer John D. L. Petersen. ...
Peace Corps Azerbaijan Volunteers Safely Close Their Service, Program Suspended
WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 30, 2014 – The Peace Corps today announced that all Peace Corps Azerbaijan volunteers have safely and successfully closed their service and ...
250 New Peace Corps Volunteers Sworn Into Service
WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 30, 2014 – During the last two months of 2014, 250 new two-year Peace Corps volunteers were sworn into service and have ...
Peace Corps Volunteer Teaches Ballet to Help Girls in Costa Rica Build Self-Confidence
WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 22, 2014 – Peace Corps volunteer Eve Solomon of Ross, California, is helping girls in her small Costa Rican community develop self-confidence ...
Peace Corps Announces Top Volunteer-Producing States and Metropolitan Areas in 2014
Washington is first-ever state in the top three for both total volunteers & volunteers per capita WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 16, 2014 – The Peace Corps ...
Peace Corps Ranks No. 3 on List of Best Places to Work Among Small Federal Government Agencies
Agency holds No. 1 spot in Support for Diversity category WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 10, 2014 – Today the Peace Corps was named No. 3 overall ...
Peace Corps Volunteers Improve Nutrition in Tanzanian Community by Teaching Proper Chicken Care
Enlarge image WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 5, 2014 – Peace Corps volunteers Luke and Samantha Temple of Durango, Colorado, are generating local income and boosting nutrition ...
On World AIDS Day, Peace Corps’ Global Health Service Partnership to Expand
More than half of all Peace Corps volunteers engage in HIV/AIDS-related activities during their service WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 1, 2014 – Today during a World ...
Peace Corps Celebrates Native American Heritage Month at Events Across the Country
WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 28, 2014 – Throughout the month of November, Peace Corps offices across the country have held recruitment events in honor of Native American ...
Peace Corps Volunteers Celebrate Thanksgiving in Thailand, Reflect on their Service at U.S. Ambassador’s Residence
Enlarge image WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 25, 2014 – In celebration of Thanksgiving and the end of two years of service, Peace Corps volunteers in Thailand were ...
Peace Corps Volunteer Helps Moroccan Youth Develop Leadership Skills, Environmental Awareness through Outdoor Program
WASHINGTON, D.C., November 20, 2014 – To mark Universal Children’s Day, the Peace Corps recognizes volunteers who work to strengthen the next generation of leaders ...
Peace Corps Celebrates International Men’s Day
WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 19, 2014 – To celebrate International Men’s Day, commemorated annually on Nov. 19 in more than 60 countries worldwide, the Peace Corps recognizes ...
Statement from Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet on the 15th Anniversary of International Education Week
WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 17, 2014 – Today marks the beginning of the 15th annual International Education Week – an opportunity to celebrate international education and global ...
Peace Corps Volunteer Helps Benin Community Access Malaria Testing and Treatment to Reduce Deaths
WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 14, 2014 – Peace Corps volunteer Geoffrey Prall of Peoria, Arizona, is combating malaria in Benin by increasing access to malaria testing ...
New Peace Corps PSA Featuring Song “Peace” by O.A.R. Opens Window Into Volunteer Service
PSA debuts on YouTube’s homepage today WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 5, 2014 – The Peace Corps today released a new public service announcement (PSA) featuring the ...
Peace Corps Volunteers Inspire Ethiopian Youth to Think Creatively to Tackle Environmental Challenges
Enlarge image WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 3, 2014 – Peace Corps volunteers Lora Koenig of Lubbock, Texas, and Amanda Spiegelberg of Santa Ana, California, are engaging Ethiopian ...
Peace Corps Volunteers Share Halloween Traditions with their Service Communities
WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 30, 2014 – Peace Corps volunteers worldwide share American culture with the communities they serve, and Halloween is no exception. Below read ...
Peace Corps Volunteer Builds School Playground and Garden in Madagascar to Improve Student Health
WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 27, 2014 – Peace Corps volunteer Jenie Farinas of Peru, Indiana, is giving primary school students in Madagascar an outdoor space to play ...
Peace Corps Volunteer Brings School Lunches and Clean Water to Tanzanian Community During Dry Season
WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 23, 2014 – Peace Corps volunteer Deirdre Clarke of Olympia, Washington, has helped guarantee regular school lunches for 260 primary school students in ...
The Peace Corps Office of Inspector General Receives an Award for Excellence
WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 21, 2014 - The Peace Corps Office of Inspector General received an award for excellence on October 21, 2014 at the Council ...
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 ...