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Carrie Hessler-Radelet
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Carrie Hessler-Radelet was confirmed as director of the Peace Corps on June 5, 2014. She was initially appointed deputy director of the Peace Corps on June 23, 2010 and has also served as acting director of the agency. She is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Western Samoa, 1981–83) with more than two decades of experience in public health focused on HIV/AIDS and maternal and child health.

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Michelle Obama, the Perfect Partner for Peace Corps and Let Girls Learn

(1) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 6:27 PM

I was so inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama’s remarks about the importance of girls’ education yesterday in London.

"There are 62 million young women like all of the girls here and around the country who aren't getting an education, and their potential is just being lost. And we can't...

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A Lesson in Love, Life and Sunsets

(1) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 6:23 PM

I knew Shalin Shah only briefly. But I can honestly say that Shalin was one of the most courageous, purpose-driven and extraordinary individuals I have ever met.

Joining the Peace Corps is not for everyone. Being a volunteer requires tremendous courage, a creative mind, and a caring heart....

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Why Letting Girls Learn Matters

(1) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 2:09 PM

In the early 1980s, the Peace Corps sent my husband, Steve, and I to a small village in Western Samoa to teach at an all-girls school. I've seen first-hand, through my own Peace Corps service and more than 25 years working on the ground in international development, the undeniable power...

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A Partnership for the Future of Global Health

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 4:29 PM

The sense of hope in the room was palpable as leaders from across government gathered at the White House to mark World AIDS Day 2014. Hope may not typically be an emotion associated with the global fight against HIV/AIDS, but the truth is, we are within reach of a goal...

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Reigniting a Passion for International Service

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 11:57 AM

The Peace Corps has always been about igniting a passion for service. When it was created by President John F. Kennedy, Peace Corps presented a model for international service that was so unique, so unprecedented, that many said, "it will never work," or "it can't be done." Yet the idea...

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Global Service in the 21st Century

(1) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 9:00 AM

Next week, the mountain air in Aspen will be electric with powerful ideas about service in the 21st century....

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Peace Corps Volunteers Extend Malaria Efforts to Villages and Towns Across Africa

(1) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 9:58 AM

April 25 marks World Malaria Day and the second anniversary of a remarkable effort to engage 3,000 Peace Corps volunteers across Africa in the fight against the mosquito-borne disease that kills 600,000 people a year, typically the most vulnerable among us -- children under age five in Africa.

The Peace...

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Not Your Parents' Peace Corps

(6) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 7:16 AM

Imagine a job that offered opportunities on the edge of innovation -- from installing solar-powered computer labs to helping communities switch to renewable energy; from linking local entrepreneurs to global markets to developing cellphone text messaging services to answer questions about HIV.

Sound like something you might find at...

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