Peace Corps launches new site

The Peace Corps launched a redesigned Web site this week that officials hope will encourage more people to apply to be volunteers, raise awareness of the agency's activities and streamline its internal workflow.

The new site (www.peacecorps.gov) is the first phase of a multiyear effort to redefine the Peace Corps' online presence. The site was designed by Washington, D.C.-based Threespot Media.

Highlights of the redesigned site include:

    * A searchable database of volunteer stories.

    * Expanded content and resources on more than 70 host countries.

    * A refined focus on recruiting applicants, as well as expanded content to support retaining volunteers.

    * Additional information and resources for minorities, older applicants, and family members and friends of volunteers.

    * Additional information to support the more than 160,000 returned Peace Corps volunteers.

"The Web site continues to increase in importance as a tool for communicatingwith the public about the Peace Corps and the work of our volunteers," said Peace Corps Acting Director Charles Baquet III. "By redefining our online strategies, we are better poised to recruit the next generation of Peace Corps volunteers."

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