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Peace Corps is not just for the young among us

Posted: Sunday, March 13, 2011 12:00 am

News Editor Robbie Schwartz wrote quite a celebratory column on the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps (Happy Birthday, Peace Corps, March 2, 2011) wondering, “How would my life be different if I had been among the more than 200,000 Americans who have served in the Peace Corps?” As one of the 200,00 Americans who served, I would like to answer that question, extending an invitation to young and old to consider becoming a Peace Corps Volunteer.

Like Robbie, I was unsure of my direction as I entered my last year of college. While born into a family of men who proudly served in our military (one earning the distinguished Navy Cross) I wanted something different. Applying to the Peace Corps was a calling and shortly before graduating I was invited to train as a volunteer in Brazil. As I student of geography I knew Brazil was the largest country in South America and the only country where Portuguese, not Spanish was spoken.

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  • Foxforcefive posted at 7:44 am on Tue, Mar 15, 2011.

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    I am a single mother of 2 children who will before I know it, be graduated and on to their lives. I have thought long and hard about what I might do when they leave the "nest". After much research and thoughts, I know I want to be involved in humanitarian aid. I looked into Unicef, but I'm too old. I looked into the Peace Corps, but I didn't go to college. Looks like my options are slim. What advice can you give for someone who has thought long and hard for years about doing this sort of volunteering? I want to help others. I want to give back. What can I do?