Cultural Travelers, Cultural Ambassadors

It is a rare gift to be able to travel the world. It takes a certain kind of person to have the desire and the passion for cultural travel and cultural understanding. For over 50 years, there has been one way to experience cultures from the inside out. The Peace Corps has been a means for knitting cultural understanding between countries through volunteers that live, work, and travel to a country for 27 months. While there, the volunteers do a variety of things such as to help build water systems, or help to start a craft co-operative. There are numerous ways in which volunteers with the Peace Corps bridge cultural understanding. There are many Universities and Colleges that align with the Peace Corps to offer programs that give a graduate student experience with the Peace Corps during, or after graduate studies, and receive credit for the time spent in another country. The University of Georgia is one such University that offers a Peace Corp experience.

 

President Kennedy meeting Peace Corp Volunteers

President Kennedy meeting Peace Corp Volunteers 1961

Volunteers travel abroad for 27 months completing projects in education, health and HIV/AIDS, business and information communication technology, environment, youth development and agriculture. Thirty-nine percent of volunteers travel to Africa, with Latin America and Eastern Europe following at 24 and 18 percent, respectively.

 

Imagine having the experience of a lifetime overseas while doing the work that you love to do. Whatever your skills may be, they can be offered to the Peace Corps. The reward that you receive is priceless. In addition to serving and bridging cultural diversity, and being an ambassador , you will also get the benefit of being a cultural traveler during your time overseas. You may wish to read more about this week’s Peace Corps week here.

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