Imagine making a decision that might be considered the biggest decision of your life and deciding to become a Peace Corps volunteer! This, in my opinion, would be the beginning of a great adventure that would open up the world to the person joining. Thank God there are those who make that very decision and take the necessary steps that will lead to making a difference for people all over the globe.
Volunteer Program – The first thing I did not know about the Peace Corps is that it is a volunteer program. Sending Americans abroad in an effort to aid those people in need worldwide is what the Peace Corps is all about. The people who volunteer for this service soon become global citizens in the service of their country. Once these global travelers return home, there is an abundance of knowledge and experience that naturally affects the lives around them making them richer.
Number of Volunteers – As of November 20, 2013, the total number of trainees and volunteers to date was over 215,000 serving 139 countries. You can view a list of the home states of the Peace Corps volunteers online which gives you statistics like how many are currently serving and since when.
Digital Library – The Peace Corp announced they were launching a digital library on December 18, 2009. This was to be a searchable collection of the Peace Corps materials from its inception in 1961 to present. Encouraging current and returned Peace Corps volunteers to share their own personal and unique service experiences while adding their firsthand narratives and adding any personal photos they might have.
Becoming a Volunteer – If you have an interest in becoming a Peace Corps Volunteer you would need to follow certain steps so that you were fully aware of what the expectations are in order to be accepted. There are several online resources you can explore in order to accomplish this.
- What Peace Corps is Looking For in a Volunteer Applicant
- How to Strengthen Your Application
- The Application Process
- Core Expectations
- How can I get volunteer experience?
- High Education Opportunities
- How the Peace Corps Determines Selection and Placement of Volunteers
You can link to each of these resources by linking to How Do I Become a Volunteer?
Donating to Volunteer Projects – Even if you do not join the Peace Corps, you can make donations which is another way to be involved without traveling the world. Not only do your donations help others, but your contributions are 100% tax-deductible. It’s a win win situation for everyone involved and the sense of contribution is personal to each individual.