On March 1, 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced the creation of the Peace Corps. In 50 years, Peace Corps has served 139 countries with more than 200,000 volunteers. I am proud to be one of them.
Being a Peace Corps volunteer is something I dreamed about for several years and Sept. 23, 2010, my swear in day, was one of the proudest days of my life. I believe in the work of the Peace Corps and I will never, ever forget my experience.
In honor of the anniversary, I post a story on CNN’s iReport and it was used for a special story they did. You can read it here. Mine is the last in there series.
On this day, I think about and miss the other Peace Corps Niger Volunteers. We went through a lot together and they were, and will always be, my family. Even as a former volunteer, I’ve been connected to RPCVs from other countries who constantly support me although they’ve never met me. I am blessed to be such a loving community.
Also, I created a video about the history of Peace Corps for my friend’s daily blog, That Was Today.
I want to celebrate this day by thanking all Peace Corps volunteers for their service. Also, thank you to everyone who supported me during my service.
Happy Birthday, Peace Corps.