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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Peace Corps Now Accepting Applications for Same-Sex Couples

Starting June 3, the Peace Corps has now started to accept applications for same-sex couples to serve together, according to their website.

"The Peace Corps will foster safe and productive assignments for same-sex couples and is working with field staff to determine options," according to their FAQ site. This is because some cultures respond differently to same sex relationships.

An affidavit would need to be signed by the couple to apply together.

And Peace Corps officials recommend that possible applicants look at the site for LGBT alum from Peace Corps for information about the experience.

In general, Peace Corps serves countries in Central America, the Caribbean, South America, the Middle East, Pacific Islands, Africa, Asia, and Eurasia. They help with education, food, health, agriculture, environmental and other issues in the participating countries.

There are many benefits and some risks as well. A Peace Corps stint is 27 months, including training.

According to the Huffington Post, there are about 8,000 volunteers in 76 countries, and 7 percent of the assignments are filled by married couples.

Peace Corps has been around since 1961.


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