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Peace Corps taking applicants

Now is the time for students to fill out appl.y for the Peace Corps for next fall, according to Scot Roskelley, a spokesman for the regional Peace Corps office.The application process could take nine months to a year and is becoming more competitive, according to Roskelley.

“We have a particular need for people who have taken French clases — even a year or two of French,” Roskelley said. “We have posts in countries in the Caribbean and West Africa where French is the predominant language.”

Currently 11 people who attended the University are serving in the Peace Corps. 170 people from BGSU have served in the Peace Corps.

“[Being in the Peace Corps] was one of the most interesting things I have ever done in my whole life. It was a real-opener, and I don’t believe I’ll ever view my American life quite the same way as I once did as a result of my Peace Corps service,” Former Bowling Green student and Peace Corps member Jeri Titus said. “I am much more aware of what good luck it is to be born an American. I am as proud as ever to be an American.”

“I think the Peace Corps is awesome,” Senior Sarah Langenderfer said. “They do a lot of good for many people, and that’s why they are still around today.”

Joining requires a 27-month commitment. Volunteers recieve money each month to cover food, housing and other expenses. Health insurance is also paid for while the volunteer serves. Volunteers are given $6,075 that can be used to re-establish themselves upon returning to the United States.

When volunteers return, they also have enhanced hiring status for federal government jobs, which lasts for one year following completion of Peace Corps service.

According to Roskelley, there has been a 22 percent increase in inquiries this year. Applications are also up 11 percent for that same period, he said.

When volunteers return they also have enhanced hiring status for federal government jobs for one year.

“The lacklluster job market has partially contributed to the interest in Peace Corps,” Roskelley said. “However, we find world affairs are driving people our way — people who want to make a contribution toward peace.”

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