Peace Corps offers ‘good opportunity’

 September 12, 2011 | Shelby County Reporter (AL)

 | Section: News
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MONTEVALLO – On Sept. 20, students of the University of Montevallo and residents of the community will have the opportunity to learn more about the Peace Corps on UM’s campus.

“It’s a great opportunity. Peace Corps will take people who are married or retired,” said UM Assistant Professor of social work Laurel Hitchcock. “For me, I had graduated with a bachelors in psychology and couldn’t’ find a job. I wanted something fun and exciting to do.”

Hitchcock lived and worked in Senegal from 1991-93.

“It’s had a huge impact on my life,” she added. “I know what it’s like to live on the other side of the world without running water.”

The Peace Corps Globe Talk Information Session will offer information on applying, benefits and opportunities, along with personal stories of the Peace Corps’ impact. The Peace Corps offers a modest living allowance, paid airfare and travel expenses, full medical coverage, possible cancellation or deferment of student loans and more. Fifty-six Alabamians are serving currently in the Peace Corps, according to a press release about the informational event.

“It’s a great way for students who want an adventure and learn a lot and become a global citizen to learn about their planet,” Hitchcock said. “Especially with the job market like right now, it’s a good opportunity.”

The information session will be held on Sept. 20 at 3 p.m. in Ramsay Hall 106 at the University of Montevallo. For more information, contact Steve Hunsicker at 929-3066 or

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