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Peace Corps offers adventure, opportunity, for students

Peace Corps offers adventure, opportunity, for students

President John Kennedy created the Peace Corps by executive order in 1961.

Peace Corps offers adventure, opportunity, for students

Peace Corps offers adventure, opportunity, for students

Since 1961, 1,059 OSU students have enlisted to go abroad

By Heather Heartman

Michael Ricker, a 2004 graduate of the Oregon State University's biology department, had a desire "to travel, live in new cultures, gain a new perspective on life and have an adventure."

He decided that joining the Peace Corps to serve as a community development volunteer in Samoa, an island located in the South Pacific Ocean, would offer him that chance.

Since the birth of the Peace Corps in 1961, 1,059 Oregon State students have enlisted as volunteers in the organization to serve 138 nations in such diverse fields as education, health and HIV/AIDS education, information technology, business development, the environment and agriculture.

Jenifer Hagenow, the Peace Corps' Oregon State University recruiter, is looking for agriculture, natural resource, and engineering students to apply for placement by May 2006. Volunteers must be United States citizens, at least 18 years of age, and have a sound mind and body.

"Individuals who are looking for a way to transition from college into a career, to refine the next career move after graduation, and gain a unique world experience will find these opportunities with the Peace Corps," Hagenow explained

The Peace Corps offers a three-month training period during which a volunteer receives foreign language and cultural integration instruction. The organization covers the cost of the plane fare, a living stipend, and health and dental insurance during the two-year commitment. Federal loans can be deferred during a volunteer's absence, and volunteers serving the full two years receive a $6,075 allowance upon their return to the United States.

Of special significance to students interested in federal jobs upon graduation, Peace Corps offers one year of non-competitive-hire status after a volunteer returns to the United States. Military veterans are the only others who receive this status.

For more information, visit or call (800) 424-8580.

Jenifer Hagenow can be reached at the Peace Corps Area Office in Seattle, Washington at (206) 239-6603.

Heather Heartman, staff writer, 737-2232

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