from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A federal government organization, set up in 1961, that trains and sends American volunteers abroad to work with people of developing countries on projects for technological, agricultural, and educational improvement.
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- proper n. An independent United States federal agency for volunteers to help in developing countries where aid is needed.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a civilian organization sponsored by the United States government; helps people in developing countries
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Yet while it refers to the Peace Corps as one the "one of the most cost effective US foreign assistance programs", the 204-page document is practically devoid of practical references to sustainability, capacity development and country ownership -- concepts that are the cornerstones of other forms of US foreign assistance.
There is so much more to say and so many more influences to mention, but I will end this first blog entry with saying that I am happy I called the Peace Corps and said, "Yes!"
Now this young hasher has opted to join the 'Peace Corps' - what 'corps' has to do with 'peace' I leave to more intelligent gents than myself to determine...however, they have decided to post him in Georgetown for three months before sending him to some other great area of your country that requires hashing trails.
If during the State of the Union, these members of Congress hear directly from you that the Peace Corps is a invaluable program, they will be much more likely to recognize the current and former volunteers serve our nation in invaluable ways -- and that the Peace Corps growth should be supported as an effective program working for a more peaceful and prosperous world, especially during its golden anniversary year.
Considering how much federal money is squandered, it's pitiful that we spend just $400 million a year on the Peace Corps, which is basically equal to the budget of the army marching band.
Rebecca, who claims to hold the title of "Peace Corps' most evacuated female volunteer" had a similarly traumatic experience.
On the very day that Rep. Lowey decides whether or not to support the funding for 10,000 Peace Corps volunteers, over 6,000 volunteer leaders and public officials including Mayor Bloomberg will conclude the National Conference on Service and Volunteerism, in New York City, in which doubling of the of the Peace Corps will be a key platform presented before Congress.
Starved for resources, the Peace Corps is a remnant of its once vibrant presence across the world.
At commencement last year, almost every speech addressed the seemingly blatantly false choice of doing good or doing well, and each speaker seemed to say more than the one before - The Peace Corps is my passion, but I've been peer pressured into Morgan Stanley.
President John F. Kennedy articulated the enduring vision for what is known as the Peace Corps 'Third Goal -- "to help promote ... a better understanding of other peoples on the part of the American people" -- when he suggested that, "The logic of the Peace Corps is that someday we are going to bring it home to America."
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