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What is the Peace Corps and What do They do?

There are many people who apply for volunteer work every single day. Volunteer work is a self satisfying experience and only those who have ever done it seem to fully understand the experience. For those who want to experience volunteer work by helping needy people in America as well as other countries, the Peace Corps is an option that they might want to take into considertion.

The Peace Corps is a volunteer program run by the government to help needy people in America and foreign nations. Since being established in the early 1960's, over 200,000 Americans have served in the Peace Corps in over 139 countries. Volunteering with the Peace Corps work can be a very satisfying and rewarding experience in life. It offers ample opportunity for foreign travel, personal growth and a wealth of experience.

The work that Peace Corps volunteers do is generally related to social and economic development. Once officially enlisted as a member of the Peace Corps, volunteers will train for 3 months, and then will serve for 24 months on their assignment. Volunteers work with governments, schools, non-profit organizations, non-government organizations, and entrepreneurs in education, hunger, business, information technology, agriculture, and the environment. After 24 months of service, volunteers can request an extension of service if they so desire.

When Peace Corps volunteers are done with their time served, they have a valid reason to be proud of themselves knowing that they have helped people and have faced more challenges than most people face in a lifetime.

Things you might want to know before joining the Peace Corps

When you are a volunteer of the Peace Corps, you will work and live with people of developing nations around the world and work to solve educational problems, economic problems, food and water problems and health problems. It is a life changing experience when you volunteer for the Peace Corps that you will treasure forever but there are a few things that you should know before you decide to join.
Volunteers must be 18 years of age and must agree to devote 2 years of service to those who need help. If you are a married person, the Peace Corps will not have any problem placing you and your spouse together.         

There are no educational requirements in order to join the Peace Corps. Specialization in a certain field is always helpful for certain assignments and may be considered when an assignment that requires a certain specialty opens up. 

Prior to and during your assignment you will be trained about the culture of the host country and given the basics on how to speak the local language.

Peace Corps will cover all of your travel and medical expenses. While on assignment, you'll receive an allowance to cover housing, food and the essentials. You'll also receive spending cash while there.

Besides the actual experience that Peace Corps volunteers encounter, there are many benefits that come along with being a Peace Corps volunteer such as free travel, free medical and dental, and student loan deferment programs for those who need help paying their student loans back.    

If you want to learn everything you can about joining the Peace Corps, you can either call them up directly and ask any questions that you want or you can check out their official website to read more about them. To call them up and speak with a Peace Corps staff member directly the phone number to call is 1-800-424-8580.