Thursday, August 15, 2013

Peace Corps Moves Closer to its Goal of 1000 New Volunteers

Maritime Executive Magazine
August 15, 2013
Fort Lauderdale residents showed lot of interest in becoming Peace Corps volunteers at an event Wednesday evening. “Peace Corps allows you to combine travel, language and helping people” said Brittany Thomas of Fort Lauderdale. Thomas, who attended tonight’s event, is just one of the many people 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. “I’ve been thinking about this for a long time and it is time to make the commitment,” said Thomas.

The Peace Corps is looking for 1000 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 in Miami tomorrow (August 15th) 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 Steve Hunsicker, a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and the South Florida Recruiter for Peace Corps. “You give so much of yourself, but you get so much in return—new friends, a new culture, and the feeling of giving back.”

There are currently 28 volunteers from the Miami-Dade County who are serving overseas. More than 760 volunteers from the Miami-Dade area have served with the agency since it was founded by President Kennedy in 1961. Returned volunteers are also expected to attend the August 15th event which will be held at the Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center in Miami at 6pm.

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