Erin Carey, a returned Peace Corps volunteer, will detail how nearly 8,000 Peace Corps volunteers currently serving in 71 countries around the world will return to the United States with greatly enhanced long-term employment prospects in business, education, technology, health, the environment and more.
Carey will speak from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, at the University of Washington's HUB Room 106B. The event is free and open to the public.
The Peace Corps is experiencing a particularly strong demand for volunteers to teach English as a second language. Even without classroom experience, English majors are at the top of the "wish list" for many of Peace Corps' host nations. Students with degrees in other disciplines may also qualify to teach, if they have some experience teaching or tutoring ESL.
Peace Corps education volunteers teach conversational English and content-based English in middle and high schools. They share resources, develop teaching materials in collaboration with host country teachers and participate in other community and school projects.
All volunteers serve for 27 months and receive free transportation to and from their country of service, a living allowance, medical and dental care, 24 vacation days each year, three months of training, and a $6,075 readjustment allowance upon completion of their assignment to help them get settled when they return home.
Since the Peace Corps' founding by President John F. Kennedy in 1961, more than 182,000 Americans have served in the corps. For additional information about the Peace Corps, visit www.peacecorps.gov or call 1-800-424-8580 and select Option 1.