What is the Peace Corps?

The Peace Corps is a volunteer organization sponsored by the United States Government that allows college graduates to serve in developing countries. It was established through Executive Order 10924 by president John F. Kennedy shortly after he took office in 1961. Since then, the group’s more than 200,000 volunteers have served 139 countries.

Qualifying for the Peace Corps

Acceptance into the Peace Corps requires a two year commitment and qualifying is competitive. There are currently slightly more than 8,000 volunteers serving in the Peace Corps. Almost all positions require a college degree and applicants must be able to at least demonstrate a capacity to learn a new language.

The corps also prefers people who have volunteer and leadership experience. The organization offers ways for potential applicants to seek out domestic volunteer opportunities to gain this valuable experience. Not being too choosey about where and when your assignment will be can also improve your chances of having your application approved.

The average age of a Peace Corps volunteer is 28, but that doesn’t mean older individuals should not apply. Additionally, while it is difficult to coordinate initially, married couples can serve in the corps together.

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Volunteering Abroad

While volunteering in your own neighborhood can do a lot to make it a better place to live, your neighborhood might already be a relatively great place to live. Maybe your passion for helping others could be used in another part of the world.

Volunteering abroad gives you a unique opportunity to travel to another part of the world and make a positive impact on the lives of people you would have never otherwise met. There are a lot of benefits to volunteering abroad, including:

  • Seeing a new culture from within
  • Living among locals in your host nation
  • Personal growth
  • Learning a new language
  • Helping people in need

Many non-profits as well as the U.S. government offer international volunteering opportunities. These opportunities typically charge for room and board, and do not include airfare in their prices. It is best to look at some of these opportunities as though they are vacations where you are volunteering part of the day and completely free the rest.

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Teaching Children the Benefits of Volunteering

Teaching Children the Benefits of Volunteering

There are many ways for an individual to make an impact on his or her community. One of the best ways to do this is to take on opportunities to volunteer. When there is a call for volunteers, it demonstrates a distinct need for specific help.

Volunteering is a great way to serve your community, but can also be used as a tool to teach children the value of helping others. Donating your time to those in need is a great way to lead by example. Children are incredibly impressionable, so when they see you make someone else happy, they will want to make other people happy too.

Some ways to get children volunteering include:

  • Cleaning parks and riverbeds
  • Delivering meals to the elderly
  • Serving food to the homeless

Beginning volunteer work at a young age increases the chances that an individual will volunteer as an adult. The love of serving the community grows stronger with more volunteer work.

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