WASHINGTON – The National Peace Corps Association, a nonprofit organization supporting returned Peace Corps volunteers and the Peace Corps community, recently launched Next Step Travel. The new global initiative program will allow interested travelers, including returned Peace Corps volunteers and their friends and family, to serve while on an overseas vacation.
“Once you’ve served in the Peace Corps, it’s hard to take a traditional vacation,” said Anne Baker, vice president of the National Peace Corps Association. “Spending two years working at the grassroots level really makes you understand a country from the inside out. Now, we’ve created a travel program that highlights the best parts of that experience in just two weeks.”
For two weeks, small groups will help with small grassroots projects and travel to the local sites. During their trip, they will learn about the work of local volunteers and other non-government organizations.
The Next Step Travel program is similar to alumni travel initiatives popular in many colleges and universities in the U.S. The first trips will sent small groups of 20 to the Dominican Republic and Guatemala in October.
For more information, visit www.peacecorpsconnect.org/resources/next-step-travel.