The Peace Corps announced yesterday it will now accept applications from same-sex couples who want to serve overseas. Couples will be required to sign an affidavit verifying their relationship and will be placed in countries that are determined safe for LGBT people.
“The Peace Corps has long looked to expand opportunities to serve and reflect the diversity of the United States in its volunteers abroad,” reads a supplemental statement released by the Peace Corps. “In 2009, President Obama directed agencies to take steps, where possible, to expand access and benefits to the LGBT community, and that also drove the development of this policy. The agency has recognized an interest among prospective volunteers and believes same-sex couples will bring new skills and experiences to the field that will benefit the organization.
“… The Peace Corps will only consider placement of same-sex couples in countries where homosexual acts are not criminalized. There are many factors that affect ultimate placements, including applicants’ overall competitiveness, program availability, departure dates, medical accommodations and safety.”
The application process for same-sex couples opens officially on June 3. Woohoo!
Hannah we’ve talked about this! This makes me silly amounts of happy.
HUGE GRIN I am also super happy! I was going to tag you in it but then I remembered that you and Sara both check my blog so
in other news I did some more research about OCD and serving and honestly, the prognosis isn’t super good. It’s not getting the meds, they just don’t want to pour a lot of money in and then have me flake out in the middle of nowhere
so having that on your application is a big disadvantage :/
BUT if you have a super-confident letter from your psychiatrist and are good elsewhere you can still be a candidate.