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Peace Corps 50th Anniversary

Capturing Camelot

Kitty Kelley | Posted 01.27.2013 | Politics
Kitty Kelley

For those alive in 1963 this month casts a shadow of sadness as we recall where we were on November 22 when we heard about the president's assassination.

How You Can Help Peace Corps Volunteers Help Local Villages

Ross Szabo | Posted 11.17.2012 | Impact
Ross Szabo

As you consider donating this holiday season, please think about providing assistance directly to people in developing countries. The Peace Corps Partnership Project may be the best thing for you.

What the Struggle Against Obesity and HIV/AIDS Have in Common

Ross Szabo | Posted 01.30.2012 | Impact
Ross Szabo

Behavior change is impossible without the cultural, economic and gender role assistance to put people most at risk on equal footing.

Peace Corps Service During the Holidays

Ross Szabo | Posted 01.23.2012 | Impact
Ross Szabo

During the holidays it's natural for everyone to look back at what they did this year. For Peace Corps volunteers that can come with mixed emotions.

What Does an American Look Like? Racial Diversity in the Peace Corps

Ross Szabo | Posted 01.04.2012 | Impact
Ross Szabo

The question of what does an American look like can result in some intriguing answers. American minorities who volunteer in the Peace Corps learn this lesson pretty quickly when serving abroad.

An African Co-Worker's Perspective on Peace Corps

Ross Szabo | Posted 12.18.2011 | Impact
Ross Szabo

Starting a new job includes a whole host of adjustments. The change that can bring the most questions for anyone is meeting co-workers. Who do you lik...

Everything Makes Sense One Year Into Peace Corps Service

Ross Szabo | Posted 12.06.2011 | Impact
Ross Szabo

It can be hard to hear that after one year of service things will make more sense and come together, but that sentiment has rung true for many Peace Corps volunteers.

What One Day of Afghan War Funding Means for Peace Corps' 50th Anniversary

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 11.27.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

In order to heal America's reputation in the world and better tackle emerging global crises, we need the Peace Corps to be bigger, better, bolder and more diverse. What better time to reinvigorate the Peace Corps than as it celebrates its 50th anniversary this month?

Peace Corps Is Worth Every Foreign Policy Penny

Ross Szabo | Posted 11.21.2011 | Impact
Ross Szabo

Believe it or not it's hard to escape the giant Congressional budget fights even when serving in the Peace Corps in Botswana.

A Call to Peace

John Bridgeland | Posted 11.20.2011 | Impact
John Bridgeland

Fifty years ago, the dream of sending thousands of Americans abroad to foster peace and prosperity became reality with the signing of the Peace Corps Act on September 22, 1961.

The Peace Corps: Is Fifty Years Enough?

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 10.28.2011 | World
Stephen P. Groff

Like many thousands of former volunteers, I am forever indebted to President Kennedy and his vision of a "peace corps of talented men and women" -- a vision to which I owe my family and my career. Even so, is fifty years of Peace Corps enough?

Amber Tamblyn and David Cross Visit Peace Corps Botswana

Ross Szabo | Posted 10.24.2011 | Impact
Ross Szabo

This past December, our friends Amber Tamblyn and David Cross, visited my wife and I at our Peace Corps post in Botswana. We anxiously waited for them...

Coping in the Peace Corps

Ross Szabo | Posted 10.02.2011 | Impact
Ross Szabo

The experience of moving to another country to volunteer has a way of stripping you naked, forcing you to look at yourself without as many distractions or escape routes that are present in the States.

The Peace Corps Difference -- Volunteers Live With Locals

Ross Szabo | Posted 09.17.2011 | Impact
Ross Szabo

It seems when some people hear I have a cell phone it discredits the vision of "the Peace Corps experience," but I hope to show that most volunteers today are still near equal footing with the people of their community.

Has Peace Corps Become Posh Corps? Comparing Volunteers Then and Now

Ross Szabo | Posted 08.30.2011 | Impact
Ross Szabo

Today most volunteers have cell phones and access to the internet to talk to family members daily. Some volunteers are using Skype. I just saw The Hangover Part 2 last week.

Missing Dad During Peace Corps Service

Ross Szabo | Posted 08.16.2011 | Impact
Ross Szabo

On my last day in America, I stood in my parents' kitchen, hugging my dad as he cried and said to me, "I tried to think about the positives of the people you could help, but it didn't work.

Adjusting To My Job As A Peace Corps Volunteer In Botswana

Ross Szabo | Posted 08.03.2011 | Impact
Ross Szabo

In most jobs there's a learning process for everyone. Taking the time to discover the systems in place and proving what you can do has its ups and downs. After that initial phase is over, it's time to get to work.

Let's Continue To Answer Sargent Shriver's Call To Serve

Kevin F. F. Quigley | Posted 08.02.2011 | Impact
Kevin F. F. Quigley

As the Peace Corps celebrates its 50th anniversary, each of us can be inspired to serve and make a difference by taking a moment to reflect on the contributions Sargent Shriver.

Lockdown: My First Two Months Of Peace Corps Service

Ross Szabo | Posted 07.22.2011 | Impact
Ross Szabo

The first two months of Peace Corps service in Botswana are commonly referred to as "lockdown."

Peace Corps Celebrates 50 Years Of Service

Posted 07.15.2011 | Impact

As the U.S. Peace Corps celebrates its 50th anniversary, CNN reported on a new batch of recruits are headed out into the field. Katie Pollak, a 22-...

What To Expect In Peace Corps Pre-Service Training

Ross Szabo | Posted 07.07.2011 | Impact
Ross Szabo

Every employer requires some type of training before the official job begins. The Peace Corps is no different.

Peace Corps Placement Is Like Flying Standby

Ross Szabo | Posted 06.06.2011 | Impact
Ross Szabo

Apparently, like the fated flight I couldn't make in the airport, Peace Corps opens positions to more people than they have posts. In this case, everyone made it before us, so we were going on standby!

My Girlfriend Made Me Join The Peace Corps

Ross Szabo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ross Szabo

The intoxicating feeling of something larger than you is a pretty powerful motivating source and my girlfriend helped me realize that.

The Peace Corps' 50th Anniversary Celebration

Kevin F. F. Quigley | Posted 04.26.2012 | Impact
Kevin F. F. Quigley

Since the Peace Corps was established in 1961, the world has changed utterly. Despite this, some fundamental things are unchanged: our world is far from peaceful and too many individuals live in need.

Celebrate the Peace Corps 50th Anniversary on YouTube

Erica Burman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erica Burman

The National Peace Corps Association, the nation's leading nonprofit organization supporting Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and the Peace Corps commu...