Graduate students in the Peace Corps


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Graduate students in the Peace Corps
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12 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Peace Corps (U.S.)
Peace Corps
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"In facing the overwhelming problems
of a new university and a society in the
process of transition, we found a broad and
unlimited role open to us."

Robert Arnove and Jonanthan Seely, two of
the first Peace Corps Volunteers ever to teach at
a Latin American university, wrote these words
from Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela, where they
taught English to the students of the University
of Oriente. Graduate degree holders Arnove and
Seely fulfilled the traditional jobs of the teacher,
but the Volunteers added to their work a dimen-
sion which was new by Latin American stand-
"Although we are here to teach English and to
maintain the highest professional standards in
doing so, we have found ourselves serving other,
if not higher, purposes," they said.

"We have used the classroom as an instrument
for cutting across whatever class lines may exist,
bringing people together from all strata without
discrimination. We have tried to create a closer
teacher-student relationship outside the class-
room and to promote cooperation between the
university and the community.
"We do not maintain the traditional aloofness
between professor and student. Our house is al-
ways open to the students. At various times, it
has been a center for classical-record sessions,
chess tournaments, heated political debates and
ebullient fiestas to which students and the public
are invited."
Like Arnove and Seely, Peace Corps Volun-
teers from the graduate schools of America's uni-
versities are living and working in the centers of
"societies in the process of transition" throughout
the world.
Fewer than 10 per cent of all Peace Corps
Volunteers hold graduate degrees. Yet Volun-
teers with graduate training are in greatest de-
mand. If you have successfully completed a grad-

uate program in any field of study, you are need-
ed in every area where the Peace Corps serves.
Teachers, doctors, scientists, engineers, social
workers, architects and other professionals with
graduate degrees are in critically short supply
throughout the developing nations of Africa,
Asia and Latin America. These countries are still
in the process of building enough schools and
educating enough .teachers-particularly at the
college and university level-to train the profes-
sional personnel needed to further their efforts
in social and economic progress.
You can make an important contribution to
these efforts by helping fill the shortage in your
profession and by helping prepare your host
country co-workers or students for productive
roles in their society. Your graduate training ably
qualifies you to work at the highest professional
level in a Peace Corps project abroad, or you
may qualify to teach in a college or university,
even if you have never taught before or taken
an education course.
At the same time, a Peace Corps assignment
offers you an invaluable opportunity to broaden
your own experience, knowledge and abilities,
especially if you have just completed your edu-
cation or plan further study in the future.
Peace Corps Volunteers with graduate train-
ing are already at work in a wide variety of
projects abroad. Social workers help to staff so-
cial centers and community health centers in
West Africa. Graduate entomologists serve in
national programs of malaria eradication in the
Far East. Masters of business administration as-
sist in establishing cooperatives or small busi-
nesses in Latin America and India. Geologists
aid mineral-rich Ghana in her efforts to cata-
logue her natural resources.
The Peace Corps offers an excellent oppor-
tunity for Volunteers to assume responsibility
commensurate with their training in overseas
assignments. For example, Robert McGuire re-
ceived a Master's degree in International Rela-
tions from Johns Hopkins University in 1961, then

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accepted a Peace Corps assignment to teach at
the University of Rajshani in East Pakistan. But
McGuire did much more than teach. He actually
helped develop the University's Department of
International Relations so that many more stu-
dents would eventually be able to participate
in its program. In the process, he was able to
explore his field of study from a totally new
The Government of Malaysia is operating
its first satellite tracking station, thanks to the
work of Volunteer Alfred Horley. An M.S. grad-
uate of Harvard, Horley helped construct the
tracking station in addition to his duties as pro-
fessor of science and physics at Kuala Lumpur

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Joan Lintault has an M1.A. in Fine Arts from
Southern Illinois University and a lifelong inter-
est in the art of the Inca Indians of Peru. In
Peru as a Peace Corps Volunteer, Joan encour-
aged the descendants of the Incas to redevelop
their skills in the nearly-forgotten arts of their
ancestors by helping establish centers where the
arts can be learned and practiced.
Volunteer Art Young, a graduate of Pennsyl-
vania State University's School of Engineering,
assisted the Government of Tanzania in build-
ing roads which maxy open up a new way of
life for rural farmers. As assistant resident engi-
neer on a 22-mile-long $750,000 road project, Art
helped provide access to a fertile valley which
had only minor development in the past. Be-

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cause of the new road, the area is a potential
source of better income for farmers who can
now transport their sugar crop to market.
Peace Corps Volunteer James Bausch, a Ph.D.
candidate in sociology at Emory University, de-
veloped practical knowledge of his field on as-
signment in Pakistan. While helping the people
of a little village improve their standard of living,
he gained a unique view of people, their prob-
lems and motivations which will add a new di-
mension to his research on village development.
Rolf Goetze, graduate of Harvard University's
School of Architecture, has helped Prithwi Nar-
yan College in Pokhara, Nepal, grow from a one-
room bamboo hut to a full-fledged school. Goetze
said: "Working against the indefinite but im-
minent visit of the King of Nepal, who would lay
the cornerstone, I sketched and drew, planning
something small and useful, not requiring mas-
sive foreign aid but only local slate and field-
stone." Goetze not only drew plans for the school
and helped in its construction, he also secured
the promise of the King to return for the school's
These Volunteers and hundreds more are work-
ing in stimulating professional assignments which
offer demanding tests of their graduate training.
Their jobs require the highest degree of skill, re-
sourcefulness and maturity. They are gaining
excellent practical experience, as well as a rare
opportunity to become intimately acquainted
with another culture and to develop fluency in
a foreign language.
But many Volunteers find that the greatest
reward of Peace Corps service is intangible.
While these men and women are lending their
skills and training as investments in the future
strength of young nations, they are also en-
couraging the furtherance of peace through un-
derstanding among people.
The noted historian, Arnold Toynbee, said of
the Peace Corps: "Here is a movement whose
express purpose is to overcome the disastrous

barriers that have hitherto segregated the afflu-
ent Western minority of the human race from
the majority of their fellow men and women.
And the initiative has come from the country
that is now the recognized leader in the Western
world. Service in the Peace Corps is not an easy
option. It calls for adventurousness, adaptability,
human feeling and, above all, self-sacrifice. There
is something in human nature that responds to
a challenge like this. I believe in the Peace Corps
the non-Western majority of mankind is going
to meet a sample of Western man at his best."
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to meet a sample of Western man at his best."

Volunteer attorney Philip Durand described
his contribution in similar terms. He said: "The
amount of help which we as a profession can
give is inestimable. We are in a unique position
of being able to leave behind something which
is tangible, valuable and satisfying.
"And I am learning much more than I am
teaching, not so much in the sense of a definite
research project for publication, but in increas-
ing awareness and understanding of Africa,
Malawi and all the people who live here, black
and white."

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m You must be a U.s. citizen, at least 18 years old.
There is no upper age limit. Good health is a necessary
prerequisite but Peace Corps physical standards are
Married couples with no dependents under 18 are
encouraged to apply. Both must, however, qualify as
Volunteers. They will be assigned to the same project.
You do not have to know a foreign language.
Don't be deterred because you think you lack neces-
sary skills. Many people tend to underestimate their
Submit a Peace Corps Volunteer application. Sub-
mission of an application in no way obligates you.
Your final decision will come at the time you are invited
to train, ..
i"Take the Peace Corps Placement Test. There is no
passing 'at fh ing'-gtade. It ip a tool to aid the Peace
Corps in evaluatig *,ur capabilities.
YOUJ WILL TRAI .. At an American college or
university. Perhaps.,hj of vour normal 10 to 12-week
training period will ,beZ concentrated on the language
of the country. in w1pl -you will serve. Modern labora-
tory techniques aWiUF iv; you a working fluency in
,0pe of 42,diffrent languages, ffbm Amharic to Swahili.
A :NORMA T ItUR Including training, will last
from ,t1-.27'nmonths. If you choose, you may extend
your service up to one year, or re-enroll for another
two years in the same, or a different country.
YOU WILL BE PAID... An allowance to cover food,
clothing, housing and incidentals. Medical care and
transportation are provided by Peace Corps. For the
duration of your service, you accumulate a readjust-
ment allowance of $75 monthly. You may allot from
this allowance in some instances. The allowance is sub-
ject to U.S. taxes only.
MILITARY OBLIGATION Is not satisfied by
Peace Corps service. However, Volunteers are deferred
for the duration of their assignments.
from Peace Corps, Washington, D. C. 20525; from the
Peace Corps Liaison Officer on your college or uni-
versity campus; from your Civil Service Commission
Office; or from your local post office.


Peace Corps
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