Today, the Peace Corps announced that Angela Hamilton will work as the Peace Corps recruiter for the Corpus Christi, Texas, community. This is the first time a full-time Peace Corps recruiter has been placed in the city.
Hamilton served as a youth development Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic from 2006-09, and again as a Peace Corps Response volunteer in Guatemala from 2013-14. Hamilton has been a Peace Corps recruiter for Kentucky and southern Indiana since February 2015, before moving to Corpus Christi this winter.
“Peace Corps recruiters are based in cities throughout the country to spread awareness and serve as a local, more accessible contact,” Hamilton said. “We recognized the potential for increased applications from diverse, skilled applicants from southern Texas. Corpus Christi is not only a diverse city, but a great base for travel to connect with other schools and communities, including The Valley and Laredo. I hope to capitalize on the high spirit for collaboration that exists here to build sustained partnerships and awareness about Peace Corps service opportunities.”
Hamilton will host various public events on college campuses and other locations across the Corpus Christi area. With story-telling sessions, panels featuring returned and current Peace Corps volunteers, and other opportunities, Hamilton hopes to encourage the public to chat one-on-one with her about Peace Corps service.
“There are many first-generation college students and residents engaged in service and with the desire to make a difference globally,” said Hamilton. “They have the practical skills and educational backgrounds in high-demand areas such as agriculture, health and education, but may not be aware of the Peace Corps or view it as a relevant option to meet their life goals. I hope to continue to inspire similar people to realize that serving in the Peace Corps can not only be part of their journey, but that it is a highly valuable, rewarding, and professional experience.”
Through Peace Corps service, volunteers obtain a global perspective as well as cross-cultural, leadership, community development, and language skills. They give back to their local communities and enrich the lives of those around them, helping to strengthen international ties and increase our country’s global competitiveness.
Volunteers receive many benefits, including transportation, a living stipend, medical care, graduate school opportunities, student loan deferment, more than $9,450 upon completion of service and more. Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens, at least 18-years old, and in good health. There is no age limit to serve and no cost to participate.
Currently, there are 277 Texas residents currently serving in the Peace Corps. More than 7,606 Texas residents have served as volunteers since the agency was created in 1961.
“Taking just a few minutes to clear up misconceptions or share the benefits with someone who knows very little, if anything, about the Peace Corps, can be the start of a life-changing experience for that individual and the community that they will live and work in for two years,” Hamilton said.
About Peace Corps/Dominican Republic: There are 169 volunteers in the Dominican Republic working with their communities on projects in community economic development, education, health, and youth development. During their service in the Dominican Republic, volunteers learn to speak local languages, including basic Haitian Kreyol and Spanish. More than 4,550 Peace Corps volunteers have served in the Dominican Republic since the program was established in 1962.
About Peace Corps/Guatemala: There are 123 volunteers in Guatemala working with their communities on projects in agriculture, health, and youth development. During their service in Guatemala, volunteers learn to speak Spanish and local languages, including Ixil, Kakchiquel, Mam, and Qe’qchí. More than 5,020 Peace Corps volunteers have served in Guatemala since the program was established in 1963.