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Global Professional Search Inc. (GPS) and the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) have formally announced a partnership to connect Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) and former Peace Corps employees to careers that leverage the cultural and language proficiency fortified during their overseas experience.
GPS is the leading online marketplace focused on providing employers access to candidates with global competencies: foreign language, cultural competency, overseas experience, as well as industry expertise.
“Employers are struggling to identify more consistent channels to skilled, experienced, and global-ready talent. GPS is partnering with NPCA to match private industry, NGOs, and government employers with the talented pool of RPCVs that embody global competencies. GPS is proud to be a source of quality employment for RPCVs,” states Kirsten Brecht Baker, Co-Founder and CEO at GPS.
A valued national resource, RPCVs continue to evolve in accordance with current world challenges. Today, the organization attracts volunteers of all ages and professions. They are agronomists, accountants, teachers, and scientists, ranging in age from 20 to 70, with a developed perspective on how to assist communities in challenging conditions across the globe. They share the same idealism and commitment of their predecessors along with an advanced exposure to global issues and cultural differences.
RPCVs spend two years abroad developing global competencies and the “not-so-soft” skills that are cultivated during an overseas experience. On a daily basis, they navigate other cultures and problem solve within them, exercise resilience and adaptability, step outside of their comfort zone, work with teams or lead them – and often all in the local language. “These skills are in high demand by today’s hiring employers,” reiterates Baker.
NPCA champions lifelong commitment to Peace Corps ideals by connecting, engaging and promoting its members throughout and after service. “NPCA is committed to providing career opportunities for our Peace Corps community. Our partnership with GPS gives NPCA members a platform on which they can create professional profiles that spotlight skills they acquired during their service and get connected to employers that value those skills,” comments Glenn Blumhorst, NPCA President.