Peace Corps Expansion

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Origin and Growing Pains of Peace Corps

The striking success of the Peace Corps, which is now carrying on projects in nearly 40 foreign countries, makes it likely that Congress will look with favor on a proposal to set up a companion corps of volunteers for service in areas of great social need within the United States, Peace Corps leaders recall that plans to establish the original agency were greeted with skepticism; many of the legislators who voted to create it on more or less of a trial basis did so with misgivings. Today the Peace Corps has silenced most of its critics. Congress has doubled its appropriation to provide for enlargement of the corps to a total of 10,000 volunteers. The Peace Corps is ...

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