Peace Corps recruits 1,000 volunteers

  • Sunday, August 11, 2013

The United States Peace Corps needs 1,000 new volunteers to replace current volunteers who are completing their two year commitment.

Peace Corps is reaching out to those who are interested in making a difference in the lives of others around the world, while at the same time making a difference in their own lives. The Peace Corps is looking for 1,000 new volunteers who would be interested in using their education, work, and volunteer experience to help those who live in developing countries. The agency’s Southeast Regional Recruitment Office will be looking for new volunteers when it visits Charleston on Aug. 22 to answer questions about the opportunities it has for citizens of all ages and backgrounds.

“Serving as a Peace Corps volunteer is probably one of the most rewarding experiences a person can have in their life,” said Jess Kyle, a returned Peace Corps volunteer and a Peace Corps recruiter. “You give so much of yourself, but you get so much in return — new friends, a new culture and the feeling of giving back.”

DeShantell Singleton of Georgetown has already decided that she wants to serve her country by making a difference in a developing country. Singleton left home July 1 to spend two years as an education volunteer in Ethiopia.

“Knowing that as I volunteer I would be able to live out a lifelong dream and serve a meaningful purpose at the same time was the defining factor in my decision to join the Peace Corps.” said Singleton. “My decision to apply to the Peace Corps was influenced by a returned Peace Corps volunteer who volunteers at the after-school center where I work.”

There are currently 13 volunteers from the Charleston area who are serving overseas. More than 330 volunteers from Charleston have served with the agency since it was founded by President Kennedy in 1961. Returned volunteers are also expected to attend the Aug. 22 event which will be held at the Charleston County Public Library in Mount Pleasant at 6 p.m.

WHAT: Peace Corps Information Session

WHEN: Aug. 22, 6 to 7 p.m.

WHERE: Charleston County Public Library, Mount Pleasant Branch, 1133 Mathis Ferry Road

WHY: Peace Corps needs 1,000 new volunteers

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