The Peace Corps was founded over fifty years ago when Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the name of peace by living and working in developing countries. That inspiration grew into what is now a federal government agency devoted to world peace and friendship. Peace Corps volunteers serve in 77 countries. They live, learn, and work overseas for a total of 27 months at a time.
We were contacted by the agency because they wanted custom anniversary lapel pins created to hand out to members of the Peace Corps. The design that we came up was classic and based on the governmental group’s specifications. Symbols of freedom and patriotism are included in the artwork along with identifying features like the name of the agency and the number “50” centered between two olive branches. This helps establish a presence and get the message across that the Peace Corps is still going strong nearly half a century after being founded.
Requirements of Joining the Peace Corps
Some of the requirements for joining the Peace Corps include:
- Must be 18 years of age or older.
- Must be a US Citizen.
- Must have previous volunteer experience.
- Must have a college degree.
- Must be committed to serving a volunteer assignment.
Benefits of Joining the Peace Corps
In addition to providing volunteers with language, cross-cultural, and technical training, the agency also offers the following benefits:
- Student Loans Forgiveness and Deferment
- Transition Funds
- Free Travel
- Living Allowance
- Medical and Dental
- Health Insurance
- No Application or Participation Fee
New Members Get Anniversary Pins As Part of Benefits Package
New members can be given an anniversary lapel pin as part of their benefits package. They can be encouraged to wear the item wherever they go as a way of affiliating themselves with the Peace Corps. This helps to foster goodwill in other countries and also gives the member a sense of pride for the things that he or she has accomplished as a volunteer.
Other groups and organizations can follow the Peace Corps lead and become household names by effectively advertising their programs and the difference volunteers make in the lives of people in need. Custom lapel pins help establish identity because of their visible and portable nature. There are few promotional items that are as long lasting and impressive as pins for peace.