November 25, 2002 - Peace Corps Memo: Peace Corps Career Centers to expand resources

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Peace Corps Career Centers to expand resources

Read and comment on this memo from the Peace Corps that was forwarded to us on how Peace Corps Career Centers are going to expand their resources so that the skills and experiences which RPCVs have derived from their training and service are best utilized in the national interest. Director Vasquez said in a recent interview in an alumni newsletter that "the returned Peace Corps volunteer community is the most underutilized asset that we have available to us and we want to find ways to change that." This is a concrete step in that direction and we applaud the Director for taking it. Read the memo at:

Peace Corps Career Centers to expand resources*

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Peace Corps Career Centers to expand resources

To: All Domestic Peace Corps Staff

From: Gaddi H. Vasquez, Director

Re: Peace Corps Career Centers Announcement

The Peace Corps is expanding the amount of agency resources available to recently returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) to help them achieve their employment and educational goals. In early 2003, each of Peace Corps' eleven regional offices will have a career center equipped with computers and other resources. As the demand for these types of career services grows, additional equipment and materials will be added.

Beginning the week of December 16, 2002, RPCVs in the Washington, D.C. area will access career services at Peace Corps' Regional Recruiting Office in Rosslyn. The new Washington, D.C. area career center will have ample space and computer equipment to meet the needs of its users. The new location will also allow for expansion of space and computer equipment to meet future demand for those services. The types of services offered by the career center and its hours of operation will not change. A Peace Corps staff member will continue to be available to answer questions and assist RPCVs in their self-directed job searches. RPCVs will also have the opportunity to network with Peace Corps staff members in the recruiting office and participate in regional office sponsored events. The career center is being moved from its current location at Peace Corps Headquarters in Washington, D.C. to accommodate the growth in staff required to support the increasing number of Peace Corps Volunteers serving abroad.

Peace Corps' Washington, D.C. Regional Recruiting Office is located at 1525 Wilson Blvd., just two blocks from the Rosslyn metro station in Arlington, Virginia. Public parking (on-street metered and unmetered as well as a garage) is available within walking distance. In addition, the new location is accessible to many public bus routes. The Regional Recruiting Office is conveniently located just two metro stops from Peace Corps Headquarters.

Section 5(k) of the Peace Corps Act authorizes the Peace Corps to undertake programs under which RPCVs are counseled with respect to opportunities for further education and employment so that the skills and experience which they have derived from their training and service are best utilized in the national interest. The period in which assistance is provided is limited to one year after the Volunteer's service has been completed. Therefore, effective January 6, 2003, use of Peace Corps' career centers will be limited to Volunteers who are within one year of the conclusion of their service. RPCVs who served longer than one year ago will still be able to access the biweekly Hotline jobs bulletin and other career information from the Peace Corps website.

For more information, contact Allene Zanger, Director of the Office of Domestic Programs.

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