Opportunities for American labor in the Peace Corps

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Opportunities for American labor in the Peace Corps
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PEACE CORPS


Washington 25,


D. C.


OPPORTUNITIES


U


AMERICAN LABOR


IN THE PEACE CORPS


I recommend


... the establishment


a permanent Peace


Corps


- a pool


of trained American men and


women sent


overseas


to help foreign


countries meet


their urgent


needs for


skilled


power


John F


. Kennedy,


Special Message to the Congress,


March -1,


1961.






















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"Already we have received urgent requests for plumbers,
electricians, carpenters, and teachers for technical trade
schools. Can we meet these requests? Only if the American
labor movement can provide the skilled manpower from its
ranks to serve abroad..." -- Robert Sargent Shriver,
Director, Peace Corps, Chicago, Illinois, June 7, 1961.


Comnunity of Nations


Today you can fly fro
that it used to take to go f
Washington, can telephone a
telephone a friend in San Fr
flight have transformed our
community of nations. As we
and help him in time of need
and understand his needs.


m Wichita,


sas,


to Nairobi,


rom Washington to New York. J
friend in Sao Paulo, Brazil,
ancisco. Electronic transmis
neighborhood from a few city 1
used to know of our neighbor
, we now know our neighbor on


Kenya,
Citizen
s easily
ion and
locks to
down the
another


in the time
in Seattle,
as he can
jet-powered
the
street
continent


Skilled Manpower Needed


The newly developing nations in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, are
looking to the United States to help them achieve a degree of self-sufficiency
that they do not now have. The Peace Corps is giving them the opportunity to
obtain the help they need and they are asking us for it in the form of skilled
manpower.


Many of the skills the Peace Corps is being asked to provide can be
found in the ranks of the American labor movement. This large body of men
and women contains the technicians and specialists that so many emerging
nations need as trainers, teachers, and just plain "doers".


These nations need men and women with technical training or with trade,
industrial art, mechanics, farming, organizing, teaching, and leadership
skills. At least 50,000 jobs need filling today in the 103 underdeveloped
areas of the world. The Peace Corps is seeking to fill this manpower gap.


Rewarding Service


Besides offering a unique opportunity to serve the Nation in the cause
of peace, the Peace Corps offers American workers unusual opportunities for
self-development. They will return with knowledge of other languages, knowledge
of the customs and traditions of the people who speak those languages, and









A Variety of


Skills


Skill


will


be a major factor


in selecting Peace Corps


Volunteers


from


the ranks
job well.


of American labor.


He will


either


Each


do that


Volunteer must


himself


be able to do a specific


in a specific


place


or teach


others


how to do


English,


or her


Because most


job may be


of the world's


to teach English


scientific


to future


literature


science


is in


students.


He may train apprentices


in a specific


skill,


or be a farm equipment mechanic,


an electrician,
a printing plant


a plumber,


supervisor,


a construction foreman,


a lathe


operator,


a diesel


engine mechanic,


an air conditioning specialist,


or a railroad


traffic manager.


Many new nations


also need librarians,


social


workers,


administrators,


accountants,


bookkeepers,


business


management


experts,


so on.


list


eventually


skills


could


very well


in the United States


include
today.


a high percentage


of the


occupational


WHAT THE PEACE CORPS


IS DOING NOW


A quick look at


first Peace


Corps


projects


to be announced shows


how America's


technical and


professional know-how is


being put


to use.


Tan ganyika


Peace


Corps


Volunteers


in Tanganyika


will


survey for


farm-to-market


roads,


supervise


the maintenance


, grading,


and surfacing of main roads,


build


bridges,


install


culverts,


design


fords,


and make


geological surveys.


Colombia


In Colombia,


farm-to-market
farm animals,


roads


they will help
, dig wells, e


build small


xcavate


a recreation area for


farm buildings,


and stock fish ponds,


children,


engage


community schools,


raise


small


in farm


improvement


projects


Chile


They will
of farm buildings


work on a number of far
; they will demonstrate


m projects, inc
and teach home


luding the
crafts an


construction
d industries


carpentry.


Philippines


In the
teach general


first Peace Corps project to
science and English language


the Philippines,


Volunteers


will


in elementary schools.









St. Lucia


On this


island in


the Caribbean


, they will


teach,


train


teachers,


work


in medical aid stations,


otherwise


partic


ipate


in many farm and agricul-


tural


projects


Pakistan


list


longer for


this


country,


where


they need audio-visual


specialist
plumbers,


to produce


mechanical


educational films,


engineers,


teachers


carpenters,


of manual


brick-layers,


crafts


mechanics,


Pakistan also


wants


equipment maintenance specialists


air-conditioner repairmen,


and graduates


at its hospitals,
of mechanical art


refrigeration and
s trade schools.


FUTURE PROSPECTS FOR LABOR


Burma


There i
They also want


s a need for men


foundrymen,


to repair


welders


diesel


and machinist


engines
s, and


wel


workers


1 pumps
with ex


in Burma.
perience


in textile mill


operations


They need chemists


with


experience


in sugar and


cement


factories


in breweries,


persons


experienced


in ceramics


manufac-


ture,


gas well drilling,


and quarrying.


Malaya


there


The teaching
is a need for


of apprentic
instructors


skills


in radio and


a high priority in Malaya, where
television servicing, plumbing,


and motor mechanics


armature winding,


, refrigeration and air-conditioning,


turning and machining,


electrical


carpentry and joinery,
fitting.


India


Teachers


and people with


of manual


basic


crafts,


construction


mechanics


experience are


agricultural


in demand


implements


in India


shops,


to meet


shortages


of these


specialists.


OTHER COUNTRIES


designers,


rolling machine


have reported


and smelter


they would


operators,


welcome machinists,


well


drillers,


industrial
mine fore-


men,


sheet metal


training advisors,


workers,


welders,


electro-platers,


and many other


instructors
specialties


in crafts,
and skills


vocational


found


in the


trade unions


of the United States.


As agreements


for Peace Corps


projects


requiring these


skills


become


official,


the Peace


Corps


will


provide


the necessary manpower.










There


be accept


no upper a
ed if both


limit.


Married


can do needed jobs


persons


with no dependent


as Volunteers.


In some


children will
cases, married


persons


with dependents


will


be chosen as


Volunteer


Leaders.


Volunteers


mature,


must


upright


be in


exe


llent


in their personal


physical and mental health,
conduct.


emotionally


Is a College


Education Necessary?


courses

How Do


No. Many crafts
will be needed.

I Apply?


of the kind learned


on the


job or


in apprenticeship


By filling out a Peace Corps


questionnaire.


Write to the Peace Corps,


Washington
and the Pe


D. C.


ace Corps Qu


Ask for the Questionnaire,
iestions and Answers folder


the Peace
entitled


Corps
"What


Fact


Book,


You Can Do


for Your Country"


Peace


Corps Questionnaires


are also available at


post


offices,


through


the offices


your


extension agents


Senator


of the


or Congressman,


US Department


at universities,


of Agriculture,


and fro


from county
m any local


Bureau of Employment

How Will Volunteers


security office.


Be Selected?


The Questionnaires


Washington,


D. C.


and qualifications


will


As projects
will be giv


be kept
are appr


en


on file at Peace Corps headquarters in
oved, applicants with the necessary skills


interviews,


physical e


examinations,


and written


tests.
those


When


there


available


is a need for


on file,


spec


special


occupational and


ial recruiting among the ranks


trade


skills


beyond


of American labor


will


take place


What


Will It


Be Like?


Working in an


and sometimes


underdeveloped land for


frustrating to


the Volunteer who


or 3 years may
is looking for


become routine


travel and


excite-


ment.


Yet,


Volunteers


will meet


new people and deal


with new problems,


live


s imply--perhaps


even


under primitive


conditions


at times--eat


simply,


and do


their


own repairs.


However,
certainly must


people


they will


they will not,


be prepared


as some people


to live at


be working with,


ofte


think,


"go native"


generally the same i
n in isolated areas.


they


.evel as many of the


Language


Customs








food,


clothing,


housing,


medical


care,


and incidentals--will


be paid


by the


Peace Corps.


Upon


completion


a readjustment allowance


equal


of Peace Corps


to $75


service,


for each month


Volunteers
of service.


will receive


Volunteer


Leaders will receive


slightly higher


living allowances


anda


larger readjustment allowance

Travel and Leave


Volunteers


each year
stations


Volunteer


Leaders


will receive


will get a small additional allowance


to learn more about


30 days


for travel


leave with allowances


from their duty


the country.


Disability


Benefits


Disability benefits,


teers


and Volunteer


Leaders


including medical
and any illness o


care,


will


be provided for


r injury incurred


will


Volun-


considered


as occurring in line


of duty.


Selective Service


The draft


deferment


granted


Volunteers


will


be continued following their


Peace Corps


service


if they engage


in activities


considered


to be in the national


health,


safety or


interest


Career


Planning Service


The Peace Corps
Volunteers who have co


hm


has established a career planning
pleted their service to plan their


servi


future


to assist
--either through


additional


education


or placement


in jobs


for which


they are


best


suited.


Additional Information...


...write to


ask what
for you.


the Peace Corps


can do for your


, Washington


country and


to learn


D. C.


what


This


the Peace


is the


Corps


time to
can do


CHECK LIST OF NEEDED SKILLS


Workshop mechanic


- diesel


engine


and tractor repair
Pump repair
Welder


Machinist


Textile Specialists


Chemists


- cement factory


Brewery and distillery chemists


Surveyors
Instructors


Radio and TV


in all phases


of apprenticeship:


service


Refrigerator and air
Carpentry
Plumbing
Auto mechanics
Armature winding


conditioning


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Metal workers
Coal mining
Highway improvement
Small tools shops
Quarrying
Motion picture proj
Plumbers


and maintenance


ectionists


Lathe operators
Construction foremen
Librarians
Accountants
Bookkeepers
Crane operators


This list is by no means complete. It could go on to include all the
technical and semi-technical skills in the American labor movement today. If
you have such a skill and are interested in Peace Corps service, ask for a
Questionnaire today.


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"No other single proposal of the Kennedy Administration has created so much
admiration and excitement at home and abroad as the concept of a Peace Corps.
It is a magnificent idea..." Joseph A. Beirne, President, Communications
Workers of America, Vice President, AFL-CIO, and member of the Peace Corps
National Advisory Council.


"The Peace Corps offers
It can provide an oppor
our young people in the
--C. J. Haggerty, Presi
AFL-CIO. and ameber of


a great potent
tunity to utili
task of assist
dent, Building
the Peace Corps


ial for good in international affairs.
ze the keen abilities and skills of
ing in the solution of world problems.
and Construction Trades Department,
National Advisory Council.


"The AFL-CIO Executive Council urges all AFL-CIO affiliates to assist in
making the Peace Corps a successful and enduring program by encouraging the
enlistment of volunteers from labor's ranks and by supporting the programs
of the Peace Corps whenever and wherever appropriate. -- Resolution adopted
by the AFL-CIO Executive Council at Unity House, Pa., June 29, 1961.


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