As the renowned global service organization of the United States, the Peace Corps sends Americans to another country to handle the most pressing needs of individuals around the globe. Peace Corps Volunteers work at the grassroots level toward practical change that lives on long after their service while becoming worldwide citizens and serving their nation. When they return home, Volunteers bring their insight and experiences enriches the lives of people around them. Established in 1961 by President Kennedy, nearly 220,000 Americans have served in the Peace Corps. Currently, there are 6,818 volunteers serving in 64 countries. Volunteers serve in work areas such as education, health, the environment, youth in development and agriculture.
Peace Corps Volunteer Sam Gray of Boulder, Colorado believes that giving back to the community in any way benefits everyone as a whole. He encourages others, regardless of situation or background, to become more hands-on, active and involved in community improvement efforts. There are many ways to make a difference in your local community and Sam is currently volunteering for the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic. He is offering his services in the economic development division of the organization. Sam writes about his experiences in his blog http://www.kayaklimon.wordpress.com. College-educated and certified in the English as a Second Language program, Sam works one-on-one with local communities to discover and implement ways to improve the quality of living opportunities. He is very passionate about the work he does and hopes to be an effective volunteer and influential person for the Peace Corps. Volunteering has been a rewarding experience for Sam who often takes the opportunity to help and support those in need.