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D.C. Ranks High on Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer Producing States & Metro Areas of 2011
D.C. Ranks High on Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer Producing States & Metro Areas of 2011

 

From Stephen Chapman:

As the Peace Corps continues to celebrate its 50th anniversary throughout 2011, the District of Columbia ranks first per capita amongst states producing Peace Corps Volunteers. Also, the Washington, DC metro area ranks 2nd in largest Peace Corps volunteer producing metropolitan areas. 351 currently-serving Peace Corps volunteers call the Washington, DC area home, making it the number two Peace Corps volunteer producing metropolitan area.

 

“Peace Corps volunteers represent the vast diversity of America,” said Chris Gilson, Regional Office Manager of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Recruiting Office and a returned Peace Corps volunteer/Ecuador 1984-1986. “Peace Corps volunteers come from every corner of the United States and help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the communities served around the world. This is a key component to our mission of promoting world peace and friendship established by President John F. Kennedy in 1961.”

 

Historically, the District of Columbia has produced 2,181 Peace Corps volunteers who have helped promote a better understanding between Americans and the people of the 139 countries in which they have served. 

 

To see the full list of Peace Corps Top States and Metro Regions, visit the Peace Corps website here.

 

Peace Corps’ nine regional recruiting offices across the United States work to recruit and provide information and guidance to prospective Peace Corps volunteers. The Mid-Atlantic Regional Recruiting Office serves Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and the District of Columbia, and Peace Corps recruiters work locally throughout the region. Applicants are encouraged to plan ahead and apply for Peace Corps service one year in advance of their target departure date. Locate your local regional recruiting office by visiting the Peace Corps website here.

 

Peace Corps is recruiting Americans from all backgrounds and skill levels. Americans with backgrounds in agriculture, the environment, teaching English as a second language, and other technical or language skills related to Peace Corps assignment areas, such as French or Spanish language, are encouraged to apply.