A representative from the New England Regional Peace Corps office will hold an informational meeting at the Newburyport Public Library on Monday.

The session, which is free and open to the public, begins at 6:30 p.m.

Recruiter and returned Peace Corps volunteer Allyson Snell (Guatemala, 2006 to 2008) will provide information about serving as a volunteer and answer questions about the Peace Corps application process.

Massachusetts is currently ranked as the 12th highest volunteer-producing state in the nation, and 11th in the nation on a per-capita basis.

Since 1961, Massachusetts has produced more than 7,691 Peace Corps volunteers.

President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961, by an executive order. Throughout this year, the Peace Corps is commemorating 50 years of promoting peace and friendship around the world.

Historically, more than 200,000 Americans have served with the Peace Corps to promote a better understanding between Americans and the people of 139 host countries.

Today, 8,655 volunteers are working with local communities in 77 host countries. Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment.

Visit www.peacecorps.gov for more information.

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