Peace Corps Gives Students Opportunities to Help Others

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October 5, 2014

By Myah Lanier 

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The Peace Corps is a two-year commitment that promotes traveling, diversity and helping different cultures around the world. The organization has been in Bowling Green for quite some time. One aspect that can determine the Peace Corps’ success is the volunteers, which are usually graduating students.

They usually get an average of ten thousand volunteers a year, according to Peace Corps Recruiter Annabel Khouri.

“We get such a great turnout because we have great recruiting,” she said. “We give information on campus at the career fairs, at Campus Fest and we partner with different organizations who want to make a difference.”

Striving to make a difference is something they strive for and in order to do so they offer a variety of programs for volunteers.

“There are many sectors. [Volunteers] can be an education volunteer, a health volunteer or agriculture and environment volunteer,” Volunteer Jessica Batterton said.

The beginning process usually takes about a year before volunteers are even in another country.

“It was a very long application process. I had to [have a] medical examination to be able to go and do the job,” Batterton said. “Once I was done with that, I got a letter saying where I was stationed and I went there to start my education training.”

Not only is the experience to be worth it, she said, but it’s also one that students can afford.

In order for students to afford to participate, the government funds it.

“We get about $200 a month to cover all expenses,” Volunteer Lindsay Goldberg said. “It’s enough money to live off of because we are going into another country and their cost of living is different from the U.S.”

Some volunteers say the reason for joining the organization is for the learning experience, both culturally and academically.

“This was a way for me to go abroad and take on different challenges with a long commitment,” Goldberg said.

Professor Sherri Horner, a former volunteer, said the opportunity was great and one that made her who she is today.

“After I graduated, I wanted a job that was meaningful and where I could be in the position to help others and travel, so this was a great way to do so,” Horner said.

Horner said the goals of the organization have been successful and provided students with new culture perspectives.

“[The Peace Corps] helps you build a lot of personal development, I think it provides you with great opportunity to go overseas and do volunteer work. Students should really consider becoming a peace Corps Volunteer,” Batterton said.