We are very proud of Las Vegas resident Zoe Slaughter who is one of the first to return to Peace Corps volunteer service overseas. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March 2020, the Peace Corps suspended global operations and evacuated all of their workers.
According to a PeaceCorps.gov press release, Slaughter graduated from University Nevada, Reno in 2020. She will be serving in Kenya as a health sector volunteer. We should all be very proud of her.
The Peace Corps currently has a high need for volunteers. Programs will resume world-wide in early 2023. Volunteers undergo an extensive three-month training period and they can choose from one of six Peace Corps sectors: agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health, or youth in development. If you would like more information about Peace Corps positions or you would like to apply online click here. Per the press release, you must apply online by October 1, 2022 to be eligible to fill nearly one of one hundred openings in 49 countries around the world. “Volunteers receive a living stipend, extensive language and technical training, and financial benefits including student loan deferment and graduate school fellowships after service.”
Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, nearly a quarter million Americans have served in 142 countries world-wide. Once again, you can get more info at PeaceCorps.gov.
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Most Popular National Parks In America
Approximately 237 million people visited American national parks in 2020, representing a 28% year-over-year decrease attributed to the coronavirus pandemic. Many parks were forced to close to combat the spread of the virus, but that’s not the whole story—when the parks were open, many of them saw record crowds as throngs of people desperate to safely enjoy nature descended onto parks when they reopened.
President Woodrow Wilson in 1916 signed the act creating the National Park Service to leave natural and historic phenomenons “unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.” Since then, our national parks have welcomed visitors from around the world to experience some of the best the country has to offer and showcase the country’s natural beauty and cultural heritage. Today, the country’s 63 national parks contain at least 247 species of endangered or threatened plants and animals, more than 75,000 archaeological sites, and 18,000 miles of trails.
To determine the most popular national parks in the United States, Stacker compiled data from the National Park Service on the number of recreational visits each site had in 2020. Keep reading to discover the 50 most popular national parks in the United States, in reverse order from #50 to #1. And be sure to check with individual parks before you visit to find out about ongoing, pandemic-related safety precautions at www.nps.gov/coronavirus.