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Getting In

Angene Wilson and Jack Wilson

in Voices from the Peace Corps

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780813129754
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135687 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813129754.003.0002
Getting In

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Looking back at the experiences of the six volunteers mentioned in the previous chapter, this chapter examines their experiences regarding the application process and how some of them were aided by recruiters. Most of the memories during the 1960s were associated with getting in the Peace Corps and usually getting to go to the country of choice. The application process consisted of filling out a very long form and a language aptitude test. Some volunteers mentioned that they articulated their thoughts regarding the countries of choice in their application. During the 1970s, focus was given to the qualifications of an applicant, particularly in terms of age, level of education, and language. During the 1980s, there were a few other minor glitches to overcome aside from the usual medical issues, country of choice and assignment, and the long wait. Those volunteers from the 1990s provide fuller descriptions of their experiences. Lastly, the 2000s saw substantial change in the application process, and the chapter talks about how older volunteers became commonplace during that decade.

Keywords: Peace Corps; application; language aptitude; country of choice; country of assignment; application process; qualification

Chapter.  9861 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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