2007.11.09: November 9, 2007: Headlines: Older Volunteers: Baby Boomers: Portsmouth Herald News: Peace Corps makes pitch to baby boomer crowd

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Peace Corps makes pitch to baby boomer crowd

Peace Corps makes pitch to baby boomer crowd

Led by Susanne Delaney, recruitment coordinator for the Northeast, the meeting was tailored to a more mature crowd with nuts-and-bolts information rather than the idealistic thoughts of finding yourself and helping others. "You get full medical and dental," said Delaney. "The coverage is the best you will ever receive." Delaney also spoke about how the soon to be retirees are in a unique stage in their life where they can help by having years and years of experience in the work force that fill the needs of the Peace Corps that cannot be filled by the traditional college graduate. "If you were in business management your whole career, you may find yourself teaching small business skills," said Delaney. "Then again, you may find yourself doing something completely different."

Peace Corps makes pitch to baby boomer crowd

Peace Corps makes pitch to baby boomer crowd

By Peter Sutters
psutters@seacoastonline.com

November 09, 2007 6:00 AM

PORTSMOUTH As baby boomers near retirement age and are expected to leave the work force en mass, one group is hoping to tap into their skillsets and maybe play on some nostalgic ideals the 50somethings may have left behind in the '60s.

The group that is more closely associated with recent college graduates looking to find themselves while helping others in foreign countries is reaching out to older Americans who have years of on-the-job experience and free time on their hands.

About 20 interested people, mostly in the targeted 50-plus age group, came to the Portsmouth Library on Thursday to get more information on the program.

"I have daughters who are 18 and 20," said Mary Beth Schofield, who attended to meeting to get more information. "It's time to start looking for what to do next."

Led by Susanne Delaney, recruitment coordinator for the Northeast, the meeting was tailored to a more mature crowd with nuts-and-bolts information rather than the idealistic thoughts of finding yourself and helping others.

"You get full medical and dental," said Delaney. "The coverage is the best you will ever receive."

Delaney also spoke about how the soon to be retirees are in a unique stage in their life where they can help by having years and years of experience in the work force that fill the needs of the Peace Corps that cannot be filled by the traditional college graduate.

"If you were in business management your whole career, you may find yourself teaching small business skills," said Delaney. "Then again, you may find yourself doing something completely different."

Delaney explained how the application process works and said it can be up to a year between the time an application is submitted and the time the person leaves for the 27-month commitment.

"There is often only two months between when you find out you're leaving and when you leave," said Delaney. "But, with the older volunteers, the Peace Corps is trying to be a bit more understanding because they realize you have homes and jobs. When you're 21, it's easy to drop everything ."




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