Peace Corps Visits Bend Public Library Posted By: Liz Goodrich Date Posted: 8/10/2004 Deschutes Public Library is pleased to welcome the Peace Corps for a information meeting and slide show in the Library Admin Conference Room at 507 NW Wall in Bend on Thursday, August 19 at 6:30 p.m. This program is free and open to the public. Since 1961, the Peace Corps has shared with the world America's most precious resource—its people. Peace Corps Volunteers serve in 71 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, and the Middle East. Collaborating with local community members, Volunteers work in areas like education, youth outreach and community development, the environment, and information technology. Coming from all walks of life and representing the rich diversity of the American people, Volunteers range in age from college students to retirees. Every Peace Corps Volunteer's experience is different. Whether teaching English to elementary school children in Zambia or launching a computer learning center in Moldova to promoting HIV/AIDS awareness in South Africa or working on soil conservation in Panama, Volunteers bring their skills and life experiences where they are needed most. Tim Micek, regional recruiter for the Peace Corps says “the Peace Corps needs applicants every month to serve overseas. People fresh out of college as well as folks ready to retire have something to give.” He continues, “it's a chance to make a difference, have an adventure, and gain valuable career skills.” Benefits during the 27-month assignment include student loan deferment, free medical care, three months of training, a monthly living allowance, paid vacation, and a cash award of $6,075 upon completion of service. For more information about this or other library programs, please call 312-1032.