Peace Corps at Virginia Tech
Welcome to Virginia Tech's Peace Corps homepage! Feel free to browse around the website to find out more information about Peace Corps and how you can become a volunteer. Below are a few quotes from historical key players in Peace Corps. If you have any questions about service, feel free to contact the recruiter. The information is provided at the bottom of this page.
"Life in the Peace Corps will not be easy. There will be no salary and allowances will be at a level sufficient only to maintain health and meet basic needs. Men and women will be expected to work and live alongside the nationals of the country in which they are stationed—doing the same work, eating the same food, talking the same language.
"But if the life will not be easy, it will be rich and satisfying. For every young American who participates in the Peace Corps—who works in a foreign land—will know that he or she is sharing in the great common task of bringing to man that decent way of life which is the foundation of freedom and a condition of peace."
President John F. Kennedy, 1961 - 1963
"I am convinced that if, in the future, our country is to meet the unparalleled opportunity to win friends and advance the cause of peace and freedom, thousands of additional Americans will have to step forward and say, "I will serve."
"The manner, the mode, and the way Peace Corps Volunteers carry out their work will be just as important as the quality of their work. Peace Corps Volunteers must go in a spirit of humility, seeking to learn as much as to teach...
"There is a war on -- a war against ignorance, poverty, disease, and all forms of oppression. Changes sweeping Asia, Africa, and Latin America demand effective action to solve ancient problems."
Robert Sargent Shriver, Jr., May 17, 1961
"With each village that now has access to clean water, each young woman who has received an education, and each family empowered to prevent disease becaues of the service of a Peace Corps Volunteer, President Kennedy's noble vision lives on.
"In our increasingly interconnected world, the mission of the Peace Corps is more relevant today than ever. Returned volunteers, enriched by their experiences overseas, bring a deeper understanding of other cultures and traditions back to their home communities in the United States. The lasting accomplishments of the Peace Corps continue to strengthen partnerships with leaders and countries around the world."
President Barack Obama, February 28, 2011
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