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Peace Corps Volunteers

The New Peace Corps: Fighting Malaria, Saving Lives

Christopher Hedrick | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Christopher Hedrick

Peace Corps volunteers Pat and Anne Linn were present at the death of four-year-old Koumba. Koumba's family had bed nets, but she was still infected. The clinic had medicine, but the family waited too long to bring her in.

Anarchy in the CAR and the Paralysis of a PCV

Mallory McDuff, Ph.D. | Posted 11.06.2013 | Religion
Mallory McDuff, Ph.D.

As we turn our collective attention to Syria, we must confront the need to provide humanitarian and peacekeeping aid in countries such as the CAR, whose plight may be visible to us only on Facebook, but whose conflicts could escalate regional instability that threatens an entire continent and beyond.

WATCH: Is This The Solution For A Divided America?

The Huffington Post | Nader Salass | Posted 07.22.2013 | Impact

With American society apparently becoming increasingly polarized and pessimistic, highlighting our common denominators may be more crucial than ever t...

Peace Corps Guilt

Esther Katcoff | Posted 01.01.2013 | Impact
Esther Katcoff

I tell people I joined the Peace Corps to understand what it means to be poor, but that´s just part of the story. I joined the Peace Corps to figure out how to escape the guilt of having so much while other people have so little.

Peace Corps Volunteer Hears Sentence For Abusing AIDS Orphans

AP | JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN | Posted 12.10.2012 | Crime

HARTFORD, Conn. — A former Peace Corps volunteer apologized for sexually abusing young girls while serving in South Africa and acknowledged the ...

Peace Corps Pledges To Help 4 Girls Abused By Volunteer

AP | Posted 08.09.2012 | Impact

HARTFORD, Conn. -- The Peace Corps has voluntarily agreed to contribute $20,000 to a fund for four girls sexually abused by a former volunteer while h...

The Hardest Adjustment In Peace Corps Is Coming Home

Ross Szabo | Posted 03.04.2013 | Impact
Ross Szabo

I still have flashbacks of water not coming out of the faucet, constantly needing to clean to stop ants or other things that became habit. Most of my sentences start with, "In Botswana..." The change is hard.

Two Bags, Two Years: The End of Peace Corps Service

Ross Szabo | Posted 08.19.2012 | Impact
Ross Szabo

When I got to Botswana, the items in those bags started to lose their importance. Being a Peace Corps Volunteer was a series of constant adjustments.

Why GLBTQ Peace Corps Volunteers Are Going Back Into The Closet

Ross Szabo | Posted 03.04.2013 | Impact
Ross Szabo

A volunteer's sexuality can also affect his or her relationship with in-country Peace Corps staff. While staff members are known to be accepting, there is still a fear of sharing something so personal that can be foreign to others.

Peace Corps Volunteers Export Love, Marry Foreign Citizens

Ross Szabo | Posted 05.28.2012 | Impact
Ross Szabo

The next time you say goodbye to someone joining the Peace Corps remember they could be coming back with more than some awesome stories.

Joining the Peace Corps (part 2) or, a Buddha, a Belgian Priest (and the Brothel)

Amy Lennard Goehner | Posted 04.24.2012 | Comedy
Amy Lennard Goehner

When I walked in, it looked like a cozy tea room parlor. Several sober women amidst of sea of not-at-all-sober men whisked me upstairs and closed the sliding door. A door with panes made of paper. They guided me to the grandmother's room down the hall -- off limits to men.

Joining the Peace Corps (or How I Learned South Korea Was Not in the Tropics)

Amy Lennard Goehner | Posted 04.18.2012 | Comedy
Amy Lennard Goehner

Had I known half of the "adventures" that awaited me, I would have come up with a post-college Plan B. And had I done so, I would have lost out on, well, remember the slogan? "The Toughest Job You'll Ever Love."

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.

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.

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.

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.

There's No "I" in Peace Corps Volunteer

Ross Szabo | Posted 11.07.2011 | Impact
Ross Szabo

Every person's understanding of why they volunteer is different and each individual needs to find what mindset works best for him/her. You would be surprised how hard it can be for people to find peace in their altruism.

Promises to Keep

Kevin F. F. Quigley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Kevin F. F. Quigley

On International Volunteer Day, we must rekindle President Kennedy's founding vision. But effectively building a lasting peace and global prosperity requires new thinking, new approaches and a renewed commitment by all of us.