Nashvillians needed by Peace Corps to live, learn, work with communities overseas

ATLANTA, Ga. — The United States Peace Corps needs 1000 new volunteers to replace current volunteers who are completing their two-year commitment.

Peace Corps is reaching out to those who are interested in making a difference in the lives of others around the world, while at the same time making a difference in their own lives. The Peace Corps is looking for 1000 new volunteers who would be interested in using their education, work, and volunteer experience to help those who live in developing Countries. The Agency’s Southeast Regional Recruitment Office will be looking for new volunteers when it visits Nashville to answer questions about the opportunities it has for citizens of all ages and backgrounds.

“Serving as a Peace Corps volunteer is probably one of the most rewarding experiences a person can have in their life,” said Dwan Adams, a returned Peace Corps volunteer and a recruiter for Peace Corps. “You give so much of yourself, but you get so much in return—new friends, a new culture, and the feeling of giving back.”

Nashville resident Amanda Banik has already decided to make a difference in a developing country. Banik will be leaving August 27 to spend two years as an education volunteer in Colombia.

“The Peace Corps will allow me to work with people in need and experience another corner of the world.” said Banik. “I have always enjoyed children and I have found that my heart is drawn to working with children in poverty.”

There are currently 33 volunteers from the Nashville area who are serving overseas. Almost 600 volunteers from Nashville have served with the agency since it was founded by President Kennedy in 1961. Returned volunteers are also expected to attend the August 21 event which will be held at the Tennessee Foreign Language Institute in Nashville at 6 pm.