01/31/2011 01:01 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Host a Global House Party to Celebrate the Peace Corps' 50th Anniversary

The National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) is encouraging people around the world to host a Global House Party on March 1, 2011 to commemorate the Peace Corps' 50th anniversary. This initiative is part of a year-long celebration of the Peace Corps in honor of its creation by President John F. Kennedy on March 1, 1961.

So far hundreds of people in nearly every U.S. state, and in countries around the world from Vanuatu to Vietnam, have signed up to host a Global House Party.

The gatherings will vary from a handful of friends to dozens of guests, from potluck dinners to catered affairs. Some will include former volunteers and their friends and family, while others will feature local, state, or national politicians.

To register to host a Global House Party, go to:

For the master calendar of events on celebrations around the Peace Corps' 50th anniversary, including the Global House Parties, go

Erica Burman is the director of communications for NPCA, the nation's leading 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization supporting Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and the Peace Corps community. To learn more, visit:

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