May 27, 2004: Headlines: COS - Slovakia: University of Delaware: Diane Henker, assistant director of UDís Center for International Studies, served in the Peace Corps in Slovakia

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Diane Henker, assistant director of UDís Center for International Studies, served in the Peace Corps in Slovakia

Diane Henker, assistant director of UDís Center for International Studies, served in the Peace Corps in Slovakia

Diane Henker, assistant director of UDís Center for International Studies, served in the Peace Corps in Slovakia

UD Peace Corps volunteers double

Caption: Diane Henker, assistant director of UDís Center for International Studies, served in the Peace Corps in Slovakia after her graduation from Brown University. She met her husband, Tibor Toth, there and came to Delaware when Toth received a scholarship to complete his masterís degree and then a job as UDís assistant director of graduate studies.

3:27 p.m., May 27, 2004--According to a Peace Corps spokesperson, one campus employee is the main reason the number of UD Peace Corps volunteers more than doubled in 2004óproving one person can indeed make a difference.

The number of UD alumni joining the Peace Corps jumped from eight to 20 in the past 13 months, giving UD the third-largest increase among Mid-Atlantic states. Peace Corps spokeswoman Sara Johnston said Diane Henkerís presence on campus was a major factor.

Henker, assistant director of the Center for International Studies, served in the Peace Corps in Slovakia after her graduation from Brown University. She met her husband, Tibor Toth, there and came to Delaware when Toth received a scholarship to complete his masterís degree and then a job as UDís assistant director of graduate studies.

ďReturning Peace Corps volunteers are our biggest recruiters,íí Johnston said. ďHaving a Peace Corps volunteer working on the campus has made a big difference. Thereís also been a bigger on-campus pushóour recruiter visited twice instead of once. We think itís the economy, and we think itís also that students are becoming more and more aware of making a difference overseas through service.Ē

Henker said she believes UDís Study Abroad program is partially responsible for the increased number of Peace Corps volunteers. ďWith Study Abroad, students realize that the world is a much bigger place, and they want to go out into it after graduation, and the Peace Corps gives them an opportunity to do that,íí she said.

ďThe Peace Corps offers a range of opportunities, some of which are tough to quantify,íí Henker said. ďA few highlights include the possibility to learn a language, to gain real-world job experience, to make new friends and to develop a very personal relationship with a different culture.íí

Peace Corps service is open to U.S. citizens who are at least 18 years old and have some combination of job experience and education. Some posts require a four-year degree. There is no language requirement because the Peace Corps training includes language classes.

During their 27 months in training and service, Peace Corps volunteers receive a monthly living allowance, medical and dental care, and 24 vacation days each year. They also receive a $6,075 transition stipend after service.




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