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Contest for Peace Corps' 50th anniversary

By Lisa Rein
Lisa Rein

By The Post's Lisa Rein

The Peace Corps is turning 50, and an advocacy group, The National Peace Corps Association, is sponsoring an international video competition to honor the milestone:

Contestants are asked to submit a one- to two-minute video about how the Peace Corps, a Peace Corps Volunteer, or a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer changed their lives. Winners will receive $500, $1,000, or a grand prize of $2,500. Entrants do not need to be a Peace Corps Volunteer or former Volunteer to enter the contest, which runs until Sept. 30, 2010.
Participants should upload their videos to NPCA’s contest group on YouTube by Sept. 30, 2010. Submissions must be less than 120 seconds and cannot have been previously submitted to another contest. Further contest rules and details are available online at

By Lisa Rein  | August 6, 2010; 11:46 AM ET
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50 years and still no peace. I think a renaming is in order.

Posted by: jiji1 | August 6, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Reply to jiji1:

Your comment is a gratuitous slam of a small government agency that in 49 years has fielded less than 200,000 Peace Corps Volunteers. The Volunteers I've seen in Latin America and Africa since 1961 have made meaningful and successful contributions to improving lives of host country citizens and the image of the USA. Thousands of Returned Volunteers have drawn on their overseas experience to help people and communities in the USA.

I suggest you view the videos submitted to the NPCA, and, perhaps, talk with members of an RPCV group in your area.

Posted by: DonReinaldo | August 9, 2010 5:51 AM | Report abuse

Declare victory, rename yourselfs the DitchDigging Corps.

Posted by: jiji1 | August 9, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

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