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March 3, 2011

Former volunteers mark Peace Corps 50th anniversary

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"I was caught up in his words and it seemed like a great opportunity.

Hildt served in Brazil with the 4-H program and in health camps helping eradicate intestinal parasites.

"I knew the Peace Corps fostered understanding among people of different cultures and I really wanted to be part of that."

"Helping others made me realize that there's lots of need everywhere and because of that experience, I started helping people in my own country," said Hildt, executive director of Adelante Youth Center.

His son, Michael, also joined the Peace Corps and he met his future wife while training.

About the Peace Corps

The volunteer program was established by President John F. Kennedy's executive order in 1961, with a three-part mission of providing technical assistance, helping people outside the United States understand American culture, and helping Americans understand other cultures.

Since 1961, over 200,000 Americans have joined the Peace Corps and have served in 139 countries. Volunteers serve 24 months abroad after three months of training, typically working in social and economic development.

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