Learn more about the new application process in this short (and adorable) video!
Maria von Trapp, the last surviving sibling of seven brothers and sisters who were portrayed in “The Sound of Music,” died on Tuesday at her home in Stowe, Vt. She was 99.
Years later, the matriarch of the Von Trapp family, also named Maria, penned this letter to President Kennedy, offering her advice on the Peace Corps.The elder and younger Maria both acted as missionaries in Papua New Guinea and Fiji.
From the White House Name File, Box 2821, Trapp
“Peace Corps Week is about sharing the Volunteer experience and the incredible cultural exchange that results from Peace Corps service. I encourage both current and returned volunteers to participate in Peace Corps Week to share the world with their local communities and bring Peace Corps service to life.” - Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet
HAPPY PEACE CORPS WEEK 2014!!
In honor of the National Conference on Volunteering and Service, the world’s largest gathering of volunteers, we challenged returned Volunteers to sum up their service experience in just six words and share on Twitter and Instagram.
#MyServiceIn6 submissions were funny, inspiring and genuinely moving. The word cloud highlights the most frequently used words.
How would YOU describe your service in 6?
“I feel that my father’s greatest legacy was the people he inspired to get involved in public service and their communities, to join the Peace Corps, to go into space. And really that generation transformed this country in civil rights, social justice, the economy and everything.”
- Caroline Kennedy
On December 17, 2010, I swore in as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica after three months of training. Now, on December 7, 2012 I am officially signing the papers and closing my service as a volunteer after (almost) two years of service. Here I am with the four other girls in my training group, three of whom have already closed their service, and the fourth is about to. Below, with Marcela, my first language and culture facilitator during training.
Join us at Peace Corps HQ in Washington, DC on Monday for a discussion to honor International Human Rights Day!