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Contact: Christine Payton Sept. 17, 2003
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu
The Peace Corps will visit the University of Louisiana at Lafayette on Sept. 22 and 23 looking for American citizens interested in serving two years abroad. Since 1961, 68 UL Lafayette alumni have joined.

The Peace Corps needs to recruit 5,500 professionals to fill vacancies in 70 nations for next year.

“ The agency needs graduates from all majors, from the business graduate to the liberal arts major. The Peace Corps has over 60 types of career assignments,” said Linnea Ashley, the Louisiana Peace Corps recruiter. “The agency has a major need for French speakers, but no foreign language is required to join the Peace Corps.”

Ashley will have an information table on the first floor of the Student Union on Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Sept. 23, she will be in the Bastille Room on the second floor of the Student Union from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. She will also show a Peace Corps film at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend.

“ The University of Louisiana at Lafayette has provided the Peace Corps with 68 alumni since 1961,” said Ashley. “Currently there are two alumni serving. I hope to gather applications this fall so I can start scheduling interviews in the winter.”

To join, one must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years of age and have an appropriate skill. A four-year degree in any major is welcomed. People with associate degrees are eligible for agriculture, youth development, computer science, business and forestry assignments. People without degrees but who grew up on a farm or have ranching skills, along with those who ran or owned a business for four years may apply for agriculture, business or construction assignments.

Request an application at 1-800-424-8580 or apply online at www.peacecorps.gov.

Document last revised Friday, July 29, 2005 3:50 PM

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