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SFSU Peace Corps Week arrives Tuesday amid surging interest in volunteering



Matt Itelson
SFSU Office of Public Affairs

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Press Release published by the Office of Public Affairs

GREAT VISUALS: Former Peace Corps volunteers to share their experiences with students; recruiters will be on hand to meet prospective volunteers


"Peace Corps Week at San Francisco State University," features four days of informative seminars on opportunities with the overseas aid organization, including an International Women's Day discussion with former recruits and a panel on incorporating the volunteer experience into a career. This year's events are expected to draw large audiences as President Bush's vow to double Peace Corps recruits has drawn a 39 percent rise in Peace Corps information seekers.

SFSU recruits more Peace Corps volunteers than any other non-Ph.D. granting university in the country.

"The Peace Corps began as a twofold initiative, to not only assist developing nations but also to increase American awareness of other cultures," said My Yarabinec, coordinator of SFSU's study abroad and international exchange programs.

Monthly Peace Corps information meetings on campus saw a rise in attendance prior to the president's rallying call during his State of the Union address, as higher unemployment rates have caused college students to consider alternate options upon graduation. Sept. 11th has also prompted increased concern for international welfare. Yarabinec sees a renewed interest in the original ideals of the Peace Corps, and adds "people don't just associate us with building dams anymore."


March 4-8, SFSU campus, 1600 Holloway Ave. (at 19th avenue). Scheduled events are as follows:
  • SFSU Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Panel: Members of the SFSU faculty, staff, and administration will discuss their experiences in the Peace Corps and its influence on their careers and lives.
    2 p.m. , Tuesday, March 5, Jack Adams Hall, Cesar Chavez Student Center

  • Speak with a Peace Corps Recruiter: Students can meet one-on-one with a Peace Corps recruiter.
    10a.m.- noon, Wednesday, March 6, Office of International Programs, Administration Building, Room 450

  • Peace Corps Reception: All interested faculty, students and former Peace Corps volunteers are invited.
    4-6 p.m, Thursday, March 7, Administration Building, Room 460

  • Women in Peace Corps: Former women Peace Corps volunteers give perspectives on their experiences, in honor of International Women's Week.
    11 a.m.-1 p.m., Friday, March 8, Office of International Programs, Administration Building, Room 450

  • General Peace Corps Information Meeting:
    1-3 p.m., Friday, March 8, Office of International Programs, Administration Building, Room 450
  • WHO:

  • SFSU students, staff and faculty
  • San Francisco Regional Peace Corps Recruiter Laura McClure
  • SFSU Study Abroad Advisor Katie Bell
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    This press release was written by student writer Anastasia Thrift.

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