Peace Corps Executive to Speak at Volunteer Conference in South Korea

November 8, 2002

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 8, 2002—Dr. Kyo "Paul" Jhin, Director of Planning, Policy and Analysis for the Peace Corps, will speak at the 17th Annual International Association for Volunteer Efforts (IAVE) World Conference in Seoul, Korea, on November 12, 2002.

The goal of the IAVE conference is to increase global volunteerism and enhance partnerships among the numerous volunteer organizations around the world. This year’s conference theme, “Volunteering, Reaching out for Reconciliation & Peace” provides a fitting venue to discuss the Peace Corps' goals for the 21st century. Highlighting the work of Peace Corps volunteers who serve in over 70 countries, Jhin will have the opportunity to share Peace Corps’ message with more than 3,000 individuals who are themselves engaged in volunteer activities from 130 different countries.

“I am deeply honored to attend the IAVE world conference on behalf of the Peace Corps,” stated Jhin. “On a personal note, as a U.S. citizen it gives me great pride to return to my native country, South Korea, representing an organization dedicated to promoting world peace and friendship.”

The IAVE was created in 1970 by a small group of women from throughout the world who shared a common vision of how volunteers can contribute to the solution of human and social problems by developing bridges of understanding among people of all nations. The IAVE is the only international organization with the mission to promote, celebrate and strengthen volunteerism worldwide.

Since 1961, more than 165,000 volunteers have served in the Peace Corps, working in such diverse fields as education, health and HIV/AIDS, information technology, business development, the environment, and agriculture. Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a two-year commitment.

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