Regional Geography 105
Peace Corps
The Toughest Job You'll Ever Love

Peace Corps

What is the Peace Corps?
An agency of the federal government devoted to world peace and friendship, challenging citizens to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries.

Peace Corps History

Idea of foreign service first mentioned by JF Kennedy during campaign speech.
Students at Univ. of Michigan, 2 a.m., Oct. 14, 1960
Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961
March 1, 1961, President Kennedy - signs an executive order establishing the Peace Corps

Since 1961, more than 200,000 Volunteers have served overseas
Currently more than 9,000 Volunteers serving in 76 countries

Peace Corps Goals

1) To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
2) To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
3) To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Peace Corps Sectors

Youth Outreach, and Community Development
Health and HIV/AIDS
Business Development
Information Technology

Becoming a Volunteer

Nomination for Service by a Recruiter
Medical/Dental Exams
Security Check
Placement Review
Invitation to Serve

Peace Corps Training

In-Country Training
3 months of:
Living with a host family
Language classes
Cross-cultural sessions
Technical training

Peace Corps Volunteer

24 months of service - after the 3 month training period
Working - Volunteers work for a host country agency
- Volunteers live within the community where they work
- living stipend covers your living expenses
- Volunteers make their own arrangements for housing, food, transportation, etc.

Peace Corps Honduras

My Training - 3 months: September-December 1989
My Service - 24 months: December 1989 - December 1991
My Living and Work Sites: Ojojona - 1990; Yuscarán - 1991
My Project: Geology Mapping Program - Geologically mapped the Ojojona and Yuscarán quadrangles at a scale of 1:50,000, covering a total of 1,000 square kilometers
Host Country Agencies - Direccion General de Minas e Hidrocarburos - Instituto Geografico Nacional


Independent nation in 1821
Total Area: 112,090 sq km (similar in size to Louisiana)
Population: 8,100,000 (2011)
Ethnic groups: Mestizo (mixed Amerindian and European) 90%, Amerindian 7%, Black 2%, White 1%
Language: Spanish
Religions: Roman Catholic 97%, Protestant minority
Capital: Tegucigalpa
Government type: democratic constitutional republic

Peace Corps - The Toughest Job You'll Ever Love

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