WASHINGTON – The Peace Corps recently announced that Washington ranks in the top 10 of states with the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers. There are 271 volunteers from Seattle, Tacoma, Yakima, Pasco, Richland, Kennewick, Spokane and many other local Washington communities currently serving worldwide. Nearly 10,000 Washington residents have served in the Peace Corps since the agency’s founding in 1961.

“The domestic dividend of Peace Corps service cannot be overstated,” said Peace Corps Director Jody K. Olsen. “Across the United States, communities continue to experience the benefits of volunteers returning home with new skills and perspectives. I am grateful to these communities for instilling a sense of service in their citizens. ”

Peace Corps is unique among service organizations because volunteers live and work at the community level. Service in the Peace Corps is a life-defining, hands-on leadership experience that offers volunteers the opportunity to travel to the farthest corners of the world and make a lasting difference in the lives of others. Applicants can apply to specific programs by visiting the Peace Corps website and connecting with a recruiter.