Regional Recruitment Office Update
In fiscal year 2004, the Peace Corps placed 3,811 new volunteers into
the field! It was a busy year for Peace Corps! Today more that 7,600
Volunteer serve in 71 countries!
October 1 marks the beginning of the fiscal year for Peace Corps and
we are right in the middle of the busiest recruiting season of the
year as students fill the university campuses and college seniors
start to think about what they are going to do after graduation. So
staff members from the Dallas Recruitment Office have been on the road
meeting with hundreds of prospective applications these past few weeks.
As you all know, the best recruiter for Peace Corps is a Returned
Volunteer and we would love your help in finding those terrific,
qualified folks to apply to become Volunteers. But you may not know
all the details about the skills Peace Corps needs these days. Today,
about 40% of all PCVs work in education, youth and community
development programs. To qualify for these programs, applicants must
have an undergraduate degree. In addition, experience in tutoring,
volunteer work with young people, and/or formal teaching experience is
essential to be competitive.
The second largest program area is health education. About 20% of
Volunteers work in this area focused on bringing knowledge about
healthy lifestyles, to local communities. Applicants typically will
have a 4-year degree in a related field and a demonstrated interest in
health education, usually through volunteer work. Those who have
HIV/AIDs certification will be even more competitive.
The remaining PCVs work in agriculture (9%), Environment (18%) and
Business Development and Information Technology (14%) programs. Not
all of these programs require a 4-year degree. Applicants can sometime
qualify with an AA degree and significant work experience.
So, as you are out in your communities talking to people, remember
that Peace Corps is always looking for people with backgrounds in
education, agricultural, environment, water and sanitation, business
and preventive health education. If you find someone you think would
be a good volunteer, encourage them to check out the Peace Corps
website www.peacecorps.gov or to call our office 1-800424-8580.
Finally I want to thank all of the RPCVs who have been so supportive
of Peace Corps' recruiting efforts. We really appreciate your support
and look forward to working with you in the coming months to find the
best and brightest for Peace Corps. I welcome comments, suggestions
and questions. So please email me at ssugarek@...
me at 214-253-5402.
Sharon E. Sugarek
Dallas Recruitment Office