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Peace Corps

Peace Corps sees surge in applications

Peace Corps sees surge in applications

When Richard Murphy signed up for the Peace Corps last November, it was the start of a lengthy application process. The now-21-year-old Severna Park resident took about two weeks filling out personal information, writing essays and explaining why he wanted to volunteer in a distant country. Months later, after an interview and additional paperwork, he learned he was accepted. "It wasn't hard," said Murphy, who is graduating from American University in December and leaving for Indonesia in March. "It just took a while." In July, the Peace Corps made sweeping changes, streamlining and personalizing the application process for prospective volunteers. The lengthy...