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Peace Corps Celebrates 50th Anniversary in Southern Maryland

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Peace Corps and Calvert Library is celebrating with its program, “Bringing the World to You:  50 Years of the Peace Corps.”   

What: Bringing the World to You:  50 Years of the Peace Corps
A Peace Corps 50th Anniversary Celebration
When: Saturday, March 5, 2011
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  
Where: Calvert Library Prince Frederick                     
850 Costley Way
Prince Frederick, MD  20678

Included in the exciting afternoon will be displays of household items, clothing, photos and other artifacts by Returned Peace Corps Volunteers from all over the world.  There will also be speakers throughout the afternoon and information about Peace Corps service.  In addition, two storytime sessions will be presented for the younger set.  Families are invited to learn about other cultures and world travel as Calvert Library brings the world to you.  For more information, contact Calvert Library at 410-535-0291 or see the library website at www.calvert.lib.md.us <http://www.calvert.lib.md.us> .  

Peace Corps Volunteers receive: round trip transportation overseas, a monthly living allowance, full medical/dental coverage, possible student loan deferment, 24 vacation days per year and an increased readjustment allowance of $7425.00 after completion of your 2 year service. The agency has also established partnerships with colleges and universities that offer academic credit and financial incentives to Volunteers during or after Peace Corps service.

Benefits of Peace Corps service include: a chance to learn a new language, live in another culture, and develop career and leadership skills.  There are currently over 200 Maryland residents serving in Peace Corps and over 5,400 Marylanders have served as Peace Corps Volunteers since the agency began in 1961

President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961 by executive order. Peace Corps will commemorate 50 years of promoting peace and friendship around the world through 2011. Historically, more than 200,000 Americans have served with the Peace Corps to promote a better understanding between Americans and the people of 139 host countries. Today, 8,655 volunteers are working with local communities in 77 host countries. Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment. To learn more about the Peace Corps, visit: www.peacecorps.gov <http://www.peacecorps.gov/> .

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