2954The New Corps: Final Response
- Feb 2, 2002Okay, first off, I was at a retreat for State Dept training...so that is why
the silence for the few days here.
Quality v. quantity: PC noticed that it had to lower its standards in order
to get anywhere near the # they targeted: 10K. Also if you remember the
vetting done by the Malawi Gov't in order to get you guys there: Sending
college transcripts, getting okays, etc., it was a long process and certain
countries refused entries to PCVs: Ugana had raised its age limit to 25
since they felt that all PC was doing is playing basketball all the time.
Funding: Where will the money come from? Will it take funding for PC,
AmeriCorps, etc., roll it into one big ball and divvy as some political
appointee sees fit?
Legality: There wil have to be many changes with regard to the charters of
PC, AmeriCorps, etc. The mandates will stil be the same (serve America in
different ways), but the manner in which they are carried out will hopefully
stay the same (raining, language, and then going out FOR EXTENDED PERIODS OF
TIME. This is essential. Many PCVs remark that 2 yrs is good, since the
first 6-12 months you are getting acclimated to the people as they are you,
and you ca start a small project or two, and by then you are ready to split.
AmeriCorps currently is for NCCC anyw 10 months of service...Many things
iwll have to change, and change is slow expecially when Congress has to vote
and each house wants to have its way on the cover.
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