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Peace Corps will hold major application drive at Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library

The workshop is part of the agency’s largest recruiting effort since 2020.
Credit: U.S. Peace Corps

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Peace Corps is holding a workshop in Memphis on Monday, Dec. 5 from 6-7 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, which is located on 3030 Poplar Avenue. 

The workshop is part of the agency’s largest recruiting efforts since evacuating volunteers in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Peace Corps is looking for applicants for nearly a hundred volunteer positions worldwide. Those who are chosen will depart in 2023. Community members interested in applying can ask questions at the workshop about service, the different programs they can apply for, and receive guidance on the application process.

There are open positions in education, health, agriculture, community economic development, youth in development, and environment. Applicants have the option of choosing to serve where their skillset will be the most beneficial, or apply to open programs in specific countries or regions.

Accepted applicants live with host families and receive three months of training prior to being assigned a community in their country of service.

Peace Corps volunteers serve a term of 27 months and receive a living stipend, extensive language and technical training, and financial benefits that include eligibility for student loan forgiveness.

As of January 2020 more than 1,984 Tennessee residents have served in Peace Corps since its founding in 1961.

The Peace Corps is an international service network of volunteers, community members, host country partners and staff who are driven by the agency’s mission of world peace and friendship. At the invitation of governments around the world, Peace Corps volunteers work alongside community members on locally prioritized projects in the areas of education, health, environment, agriculture, community economic development and youth development. Through service, members of the Peace Corps network develop transferable skills and hone intercultural competencies that position them to be the next generation of global leaders. 

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