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Presidents FY 2011 Budget Request for Peace Corps

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 1, 2010 - President Barack Obama released his fiscal year 2011 budget. The President has requested a budget of $446.15 million for the Peace Corps. The proposed budget request reflects a plan for agency wide investment in quality growth, and will enable the Peace Corps to recruit, train, and support thousands of Americans willing to devote two years of their lives to public service in communities abroad.

Over 7600 Americans are serving as Peace Corps volunteers in 76 countries around the world. Volunteers assist local communities with projects that are designed to educate students, encourage economic development, protect and restore the environment, increase the agricultural capabilities of farming communities, expand access to basic health care for families, and address HIV/AIDS prevention and care. Peace Corps volunteers make lasting contributions to the United States and the international community by promoting mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and other nations, responding to humanitarian crises and natural disasters, developing leadership skills among host country nationals, and preparing America's work force with overseas experience.

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