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  • In this November 2009 file photo, a Peace Corps volunteer helps a Senegalese man garden.

    Peace Corps' popularity jumps

    The Peace Corps, the volunteer program that emerged from President Kennedy's New Frontier in 1961 to promote international development and good will, is seeing a record number of applications.

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  • He says several factors are probably at work in the applications upsurge.

    Peace Corps' popularity jumps →

  • "Volunteers receive both practical, tangible benefits and a life-defining experience from their service," he says. "Volunteers live and work in other cultures, make significant impacts on local communities, develop invaluable leadership skills and learn a new language. These are important experiences for all Peace Corps volunteers to bring back to their home communities and for young people entering the global marketplace."

    Peace Corps' popularity jumps →

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