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article imageHillary Clinton touts Peace Corps for writing experience

By Carol Forsloff     Feb 19, 2009 in Lifestyle
In 1960 President John F. Kennedy put together a plan to bring volunteers from the United States to help needy countries by teaching skills. Hillary Clinton reminded people this week that the Peace Corps will be central again to help others.
She announced plans to restart the Peace Corps in Indonesia, a place that ousted representatives of the agency during a time in 1965 when the volunteers were accused of espionage in that country.
Hillary’s mention of the Peace Corps and its mission is also a reminder to Americans that the agency is a viable one that continues the programs and ideas that were established more than 40 years ago. The mission of the Peace Corps, according to its website, is that formulated by Kennedy, namely for volunteers to have an opportunity“to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries.” The inspiration from Kennedy gave impetus to an agency of the federal government, the Peace Corps, that maintains its orientation towards friendship and world peace.
Some of the people serving as Peace Corps volunteers have writing skills and are posting stories of their experiences, interviewing citizens of different countries and becoming involved with other writers as well. Information and writings from this group are located here. This means the individual who contributes certain skills to a country in need of them can also hone writing/journalism abilities as well.
Those who have completed service in the Peace Corps often continue their commitments in their communities. A website provides a place to interact, give information and share ideas.
Volunteers are young people, middle aged and retired persons. Any age or ethnicity can be involved. One must, however, be medically qualified to serve so a complete medical and dental examination is given to establish that. Service periods are 27 months of what the Peace Corps defines as hard work. Volunteers receive benefits such as vacation, living expenses, full health coverage and a $6000 stipend upon leaving the Peace Corps for transitioning purposes.
So during this recession perhaps a look at the Peace Corps might be a good idea given the benefits and the ability to learn about a part of the world one might otherwise never see, something writers might enjoy along with the pleasure of writing.
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