November 10, 2010 § Leave a comment
One of the most recognized American overseas volunteer programs is the United States Peace Corps, a government-run program with work ongoing in 77 countries. Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Juliet Sorensen, a resident of Chicago, is just one of nearly 200,000 former and current Peace Corps members who today lead more enriched and fulfilled lives because of their time spent abroad as volunteers with the organization. Founded in 1961 through an Executive Order, the Peace Corps was established with the intention of promoting world peace and friendship and aiding the people of different nations with skilled laborers. Among the Peace Corps ranks are several former and current U.S. politicians, including Senator Chris Dodd; members of the media such as MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews; business tycoons such as Reed Hastings, founder and CEO of Netflix, Inc.; as well as individuals from the medical, arts, education, and other professional fields. Peace Corps volunteers have served in 139 countries since the program began, and they currently work in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, and the Middle East. Peace Corps members volunteer in a variety of work areas, including education, health and HIV/AIDS, business development, environment, agriculture, youth development, and other fields. As people’s needs have evolved, so has the work of the Peace Corps. In Africa and the Caribbean, the volunteer organization has further committed itself to fighting the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Elsewhere, Peace Corps volunteers train individuals and groups in information and communications technology, providing people with the tools to expand their opportunities and spheres of influence. Learn more about the United States Peace Corps at www.peacecorps.gov.