Archive - September 27, 2013

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Yo, Peace Corps! Why isn’t the Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act of 2011 fully implemented?
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Peace Corps Applications Lowest in Decade? True?

Yo, Peace Corps! Why isn’t the Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act of 2011 fully implemented?

What is the problem? Why would anyone sign up for service when the law specifically designed to protect Peace Corps Trainees/Volunteers from sexual assault and to guarantee best practices response if such assault were to occur still is not fully in place? I think one would have to be a fool to volunteer now. Review the law and all the reports on compliance. Then ask yourself:  “Would you serve now?” “Why? or Why not?” This is my contribution to what I hope is a continued vigorous discussion about the decline in Peace Corps applications. I still believe that Peace Corps is one of the best ways to work toward peace. This is all the more reason to demand that the agency be in full compliance. Here is the law and all the reports on compliance. (Please note:  Peace Corps World Wide: John Coyne Babbles has previously posted all these reports.) . . .

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Peace Corps Applications Lowest in Decade? True?

[In March, Vocativ, a news website posted this item and it just came my way.] posted by VOCATIV STAFF in SNEAK PEEK “Those who can’t find work, volunteer.” That was a popular idea during the height of the recession, but Vocativ has learned that the number of people applying to serve as volunteers in the Peace Corps is down 35 percent from 2009 and is now the lowest in a decade. As the national unemployment rate hit a record high after the real estate market crash, so did the number of applications to the Peace Corps. 24 months in Tonga? No problem. Build a library in Burkina Faso? Why not. While college seniors scrambled to compete for few entry level jobs, the once for-hippies-only, life-postponing volunteer program offered an alternative stepping stone to adult life. However, that is no longer the case, according to data on applicants and enrolled volunteers . . .

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