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50th Anniversary

March 1, 2011

On March 1st, 1961, President John F. Kennedy issued Executive Order 10924 establishing a new government organization that had three simply stated goals:

  1. Helping the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
  2. Helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
  3. Helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Simply stated, but not simply met, these goals remain the same today, and current Volunteers spend their 24 months of service doing their best to figure out how they can be realized in their host communities.

The big three are, well, big, but after nine months in Mongolia I’ve learned that Volunteers should never fail to notice small victories. I hope you’ve all enjoyed reading a bit about my work here for the better part of a year now, because I’ve absolutely enjoyed writing about it.

Happy 50th.

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  1. Bonnie Power permalink
    March 1, 2011 6:08 pm

    Well Once – a long time ago – way in the last century before cell phones – Iwas a Peace Corps Volunteer in a remote part of Andhra Pradesh India. I am not sure that my memories are complete or not swayed in some way. A life changing experience all in all.

    But it is wonderful to hear about your experiences and not only because it is the PC experience. But the Gobi – my gosh – what a back drop to your life right now. I recently got a card in the mail from the Peace Corps that said there were opportunities to do some volunteering that would be abbreviated. I ALMOST have thought about looking into them.

    Because nothing could ever replace that experience of being out there to help others in that way.

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