UNH PEACE CORPS
Welcome to the UNH Peace Corps Web Page!
Are you interested in discovering a new culture, becoming fluent in another language and developing new skills? If so, Peace Corps may be an option for you.
There are now over 3,750 positions available in the following areas:
Agriculture and Environment
Within these 5 major categories there are 44 job assignment areas. You should be aware that while some of these programs require specific academic requirements (i.e. the forestry program requires a B.S. in Forestry), there are also "generalist" programs such as the community development and health extension programs. Currently 60% of the Peace Corps volunteers worldwide are liberal arts majors!
Health and Community Services
Education (math, science, and vocational)
TEFL (Teaching English as a Second Language)
WHAT IS PEACE CORPS?
Peace Corps is a 2-year commitment to serve overseas. In addition to the 2 years, there is an initial 3-month training period in the overseas country, which includes living with a host family. Peace Corps only works in countries which have requested Peace Corps volunteers. There are currently 7,000 volunteers in 87 countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia, the Pacific, the Mediterranean, Central Europe, and the Newly Independent States. Peace Corps was started in 1961 by John F. Kennedy. Since then, over 150,000 people have served as Peace Corps volunteers in 132 countries. The three goals of Peace Corps are:
- To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
- To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
- To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of the Americans.
Besides the incredible sense of self-reliance, development of marketable skills, sense of accomplishment and the personal satisfaction of knowing you helped people who asked for your help, here are some more benefits you will gain from your invaluable, eye-opening Peace Corps experience:
Fluency in a second language
Overseas travel and in-depth cultural knowledge
Coverage of living expenses, and medical/dental expenses during 2 years of service
Student loans deferred or cancelled during 2 years of service
Reduced tuition at many graduate schools upon completion of service
Non-competitive hiring status with the federal government upon completion of service
A $5,400 readjustment allowance upon completion of service
An extensive network of returned Peace Corps volunteers
Job resources at regional Peace Corps offices and a job newsletter specifically for returned Peace Corps volunteers
The recruitment and placement process begins up to 9 months prior to departing for an assignment overseas. Therefore, interested graduating seniors should apply as soon as possible in the fall semester for positions for summer 1998.
The application process involves filling out an application, an interview with your on-campus recruiter, letters of recommendation, and medical and dental examinations.
FOR MORE INFORMATION....
For more information drop by the UNH Peace Corps office at 205
Hood House (building next to MUB) and talk to Lisa Sloate, your
on-campus recruiter or send her an
Also, for tons of interesting information check out the
U.S. Peace Corps web site
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DEEP THOUGHT OF THE DAY
"The future is not some place we are going to but one we are creating. The paths to it are not found but made, and the activity of making them changes both the maker and the destination."
-John Schaar (1993)