Gay Couples Can Now Volunteer Together In Peace Corps

BTL Staff
By | 2013-05-30T09:00:00-05:00 May 30th, 2013|National, News|

Beginning June 3, same sex couples can apply to serve together in the Peace Corps. A recent press release from the Federal agency welcomed couples to apply for positions that would take them to other countries together to work.
Service in the Peace Corps is a life-defining leadership experience for Americans who want to make a difference around the world,” Deputy Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “I am proud that the agency is taking this important step forward to allow same-sex domestic partners to serve overseas together.”
Expanding service opportunities to same-sex domestic partners who want to volunteer together further diversifies the pool of Peace Corps applicants and the skills of those invited to serve overseas in the fields of education, health, community economic development, environment, youth in development and agriculture. Married heterosexual couples have been serving together in the Peace Corps since its inception in 1961. Currently, 7 percent of Peace Corps assignments are filled by married volunteers serving together.
The Peace Corps requires formal documentation for all couples who want to serve, and same-sex domestic partners will be required to sign an affidavit before leaving for service that will act as verification of their relationship. The Peace Corps continually works with staff in host countries to identify placements that allow for safe and productive assignments.
Positions include work with agriculture, economic development, environment, health, education and youth in development. Accepted applicants participate overseas for 27 months, and there are currently 76 countries participating in the program.
To learn more about serving in the Peace Corps as a same-sex couple, visit http://www.peacecorps.gov/learn/howvol/couplesFAQs.

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