March 5, 2003: Headlines: COS - Jordan: Laconia Citizen Online: PCV Eve Lauria returns from Jordan

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PCV Eve Lauria returns from Jordan

PCV Eve Lauria returns from Jordan

Laconia resident completes Peace Corps service in Jordan

BOSTON — Laconia resident Eve Lauria recently returned from Peace Corps service in Ajloun, Jordan, where she worked as a Youth and Community Development volunteer. Lauria worked at a youth center for girls and women ages 12 to 24 years old. Lauria’s primary project was teaching English to various groups, ages and levels. She also acted as a youth mentor, developed projects and wrote proposals.

Lauria, a 1999 graduate of Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, said that the main benefits of her Peace Corps service were "learning to overcome the challenges of learning to live in and appreciate a new culture, and interacting with a variety of Jordanian girls and women."

Approximately 250 volunteers have worked in Jordan since Peace Corps’ inception in 1961 in TEFL, community development, special education, environmental education, youth development and business development. The Peace Corps program in Jordan was suspended in November for security reasons, but hopes to reopen at a later date.

Education has always been a focal point for Peace Corps/Jordan as English language proficiency is an important aspect for full participation in the global economy. Education volunteers have worked to assist the Ministry of Education in meeting their needs by serving as English teachers, developing the professional skills of local teachers, implementing curriculum reforms and expanding access to improved teaching resources and materials.

More than 163,000 Americans have served in 135 countries since President John F. Kennedy signed the executive order creating the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961.

Peace Corps assignments include working to help fight hunger, bring clean water to communities, teach children, help start small businesses and stop the spread of AIDS. The benefits of a two-year Peace Corps assignment include international and grassroots development experience, travel, adventure, medical and dental care, housing, a monthly stipend, 24 vacation days a year and a readjustment allowance upon completion of service.

Training in language, customs and culture is provided in the host country for three months before beginning service. Volunteers can earn a graduate degree while serving, or find ways to offset graduate school costs with fellowships offered to returned volunteers. With strong bipartisan support, President Bush has proposed to double the number of Peace Corps volunteers by 2007. For more information about Peace Corps, visit or call 800-424-8580.

When this story was posted in December 2004, this was on the front page of PCOL:

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