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Peace Corps Response Expands Program; More Americans Now Eligible

Americans with significant work and language skills are encouraged to apply

WASHINGTON, D.C. January 30, 2012 Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams announces the expansion of the Peace Corps Response program to allow Americans with at least 10 years of work experience and required language skills to apply for positions overseas. Peace Corps Response, which offers short-term, specialized volunteer assignments, has historically only been available to returned Peace Corps volunteers (RPCVs).

All Americans with specific work and language skills are now eligible for short-term volunteer assignments with Peace Corps Response, said Director Williams. This is an exciting opportunity for more Americans to serve with Peace Corps and help us better meet the needs of our host country partners. Peace Corps Response assignments are challenging, but for Americans with significant work experience and an interest in serving overseas, the assignments are extremely rewarding.

Since 1996, Peace Corps Response has sent more than 1,500 returned Peace Corps volunteers to more than 50 countries. Peace Corps Response positions average six months in length and are designed to address needs identified by the host country. Volunteers provide targeted assistance in diverse assignments such as malaria prevention, literacy, emergency response, information technology, food security, teacher training, and more.

Peace Corps Response volunteers receive the same benefits as Peace Corps volunteers including: transportation to and from their country of service, comprehensive medical care, a modest - stipend, vacation days, and a readjustment allowance of $375 for each month of service. To be considered for a position with Peace Corps Response, applicants must have the necessary language, technical, and cross-cultural skills needed to excel in their assignments. The program recruits flexible, motivated, and culturally sensitive individuals who can adapt to changing situations and effectively engage diverse populations.

To view current openings and to submit an application, please visit: www.PeaceCorps.gov/response/apply.

About the Peace Corps: Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps by executive order on March 1, 1961, more than 200,000 Americans have served in 139 host countries. Today, 9,095 volunteers are working with local communities in 75 host countries. Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment and the agencys mission is to promote world peace and friendship and a better understanding between Americans and people of other countries. Visit www.peacecorps.gov for more information.

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