Life in the Peace Corps and Utilizing Returned Peace Corps

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					           Life in the Peace Corps
                      and
Utilizing Returned Peace Corps Volunteers
            Cory Driver, OSU
           Laura Joseph, OSU
            Ryan Wertz, ODE
                 Peace Corps Mission

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy established
the Peace Corps to promote world peace and
friendship.
  The Peace Corps' mission has three simple goals:
  • Help the people of interested countries meet their
    need for trained men and women.
  • Help promote a better understanding of Americans
    on the part of the peoples served.
  • Help promote a better understanding of other
    peoples on the part of Americans.
                        History

• Peace Corps officially established:
  – March 1, 1961
• Total number of Volunteers & trainees to date:
  – Nearly 200,000
• Total number of countries served:
  – 139 countries
• Current number of countries served:
  – 77 countries
           Volunteer Profile
• Current number of Volunteers and Trainees:
  – 7,671
• Gender:
  – 60% female, 40% male
• Marital Status:
  – 93% single, 7% married
• Minorities:
  – 16% of Peace Corps Volunteers
• Average Age:
  – 28
• Volunteers over age 50:
  – 7%
• Education:
  – 89% have at least an undergraduate degree
              Volunteer Work

Volunteers by Work Area
• Education:              35%
• Health & HIV/AIDS:      22%
• Business Development:   15%
• Environment:            14%
• Agriculture:             5%
• Youth Development:       5%
• Other:                   4%
             Where Volunteers Serve

•   Africa:                        37%
•   Latin America:                 24%
•   Eastern Europe/Central Asia:   20%
•   Asia:                           7%
•   North Africa/Middle East:       4%
•   Pacific Islands:                4%
•   The Caribbean:                  4%
Mission: Enrich K–12 students with dynamic cross-
cultural classroom materials, literature, videos, lessons,
ideas, and services provided free:
• Correspondence match program
• Innumerable lessons about cultures and countries worldwide
• Free cross-cultural publications
• Award-winning videos
• Stories and folk tales
• Classroom speakers
• http://www.peacecorps.gov/wws/index.cfm
                           Ohio Resources
There are three major Returned Peace Corps
Volunteer (RPCV) organizations in Ohio:
• Central Ohio Returned Volunteer Association (CORVA)
   – http://corvapc.org/
• Cincinnati Area Returned Volunteers (CARV)
   – http://www.cincinnatirpca.org/
• Northern Ohio Returned Volunteer Association (NORVA)
   – http://norvaohio.ning.com/
Also:
• Athens (OH) RPCV’s
• SW Ohio Return Volunteer Association (SORVO)

				
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