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Vermont nationally ranked as Peace Corps’ top volunteer-producing state

Vermont tops the 2012 list of states with the highest per capita number of Peace Corps volunteers, says a report released Dec. 12. There are 45 currently-serving Peace Corps volunteers who call the Green Mountain State home, making it the number two Peace Corps volunteer-producing state in the nation on a per-capita basis, with 7.2 of every 100,000 residents currently serving in the Peace Corps.

In addition, the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire was nationally ranked among U.S. metropolitan areas for its per capita volunteer production, with 15 residents of the Lebanon-Hanover-Hartford area currently serving as volunteers.

"The Northeast has a culture of involvement and community engagement, so we are always well represented in Peace Corps service worldwide," said Northeast Regional Office Manager Brian Melman. "This year, more than 1,500 residents of the Northeast region are serving overseas, gaining leadership skills and tangible benefits while making a difference for those in need. Residents interested in working with communities in 76 nations to address changing and complex needs in education, health and HIV/AIDS, business, information technology, agriculture, and the environment should contact the Northeast Regional Office for additional information."
Historically, Vermont has produced 1,453 Peace Corps volunteers who have helped promote a better understanding between Americans and the people of the 139 countries in which they have served.

Peace Corps is a life-defining leadership experience for Americans who are prepared for the challenge of public service overseas. Volunteers return home as global citizens with cross-cultural, leadership, language, teaching and community development skills that position them well for advanced education and professional opportunities in today's global job market.

Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps by executive order on March 1, 1961, more than 210,000 Americans have served in 139 host countries. Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment and the agency's mission is to promote world peace and friendship and a better understanding between Americans and people of other countries. Visit www.peacecorps.gov for more information.