I served in the Peace Corps for two years in Armenia, from June 2011-August 2013.
In 1961, President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps to promote world peace and friendship.
The Peace Corps’ mission has three simple goals:
- Helping the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
- Helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
- Helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.
In January 2010, I decided to join the Peace Corps. The application process takes awhile, and includes letters of recommendation, legal, medical, and dental clearance, and a couple interviews. In December, 2010, I received my invitation: to Armenia, leaving in June, 2011, returning to the U.S. in 2013.
Peace Corps Volunteers sign up for 2 years of service in a developing or third-world country. They can state a preference, but do not get to pick where they go. Should things go awry, they can always terminate their service and go home early, before their two years are up.
You can help Peace Corps volunteers with a monetary contribution! There are many events and projects that can only come to fruition with your help, through the Peace Corps Partnership Program. (PCPP) See this page for Armenian projects that are currently requesting funds.