The Personal Business column in the 3/14/15 issue on “Retiring” written by Kerry Hannon is all about ‘older’ American retiring and doing serious volunteer work with the Rotary Club, Corporation for National and Community Service, AmeriCorps, the Senior Corps…and guess what: The Peace Corps.
“The push for older volunteers began in 2011 (not true, we had a significant number of older PCVs in 1962) writes Hannon, “when the Peace Corps began working with AARP to connect more older volunteers with service opportunities. Today there are 7 percent of PCVs 50 or older. “I would like to see that closer to 15 percent,” said Carrie Hessler-Radelet, the Peace Corps’ director in the article.
While the Peace Corps is just ‘one’ of the many opportunities where and how senior citizens might volunteer, is does have the advantage in this article of having the only photograph, and that is of Kate Burrus at Huang Jue Ya Primary School in Chongqing, China, where she taught first graders as a PCV from 2009 to 2012. Kate and her husband John, both teachers, recently finished a second tour in Jamaica.
You can read the whole article at:http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/14/your-money/rotary-and-peace-corps-find-renewed-relevance-with-older-volunteers.html?_r=0