On March 10, 2017 the KNU NPM Resource Center hosted a guest lecture of Peace Corps Volunteer in the Kyrgyz Republic, Benjamin Gowdy-Chase, on the theme “Volunteer programs in the US”, The event was attended by over 30 students, faculty members and CSO representatives.

Mr. Gowdy-Chase shared his views on the importance of volunteering as an integral part of community development. Volunteering is practiced in many different forms and can be carried out informally or formally. Both are equally valuable and contribute in many ways to building communities where people can feel happy, safe and fulfilled. Benjamin also gave a brief description of opportunities and benefits of volunteering in the USA and mentioned that although volunteer positions are unpaid, there are many possible benefits: gaining career experience and skills to add to your resume or CV; promoting a good cause; using or developing leadership skills; meeting new people and making new friends; and strengthening  English skills.

During group work, the lecturer discussed with students different ways of volunteering in different fields:

Education - Mentoring/Reading to kids

Environment - Cleaning up trash/ planting trees

Organization - Helping with office tasks

Fundraising - Organizing money donations

Nutrition - Cooking for homeless

Art- Craft lessons, and public murals

Sports - Coaching

At the end, Benjamin presented several existing volunteer programs in the US: “Peace Corps”, “AmeriCorps” Volunteer in the US, Global Volunteers - Volunteer Programs in Montana and others. Students showed great interest in the topic. 

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Peace Corps Volunteer in the Kyrgyz Republic, Benjamin Gowdy-Chase, gave a guest lecture on the theme “Volunteer programs in the US” at Nonprofit Management (NPM) Resource Center at Kyrgyz National University

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Over 30 students, faculty members and CSO representatives attended the guest lecture of Peace Corps Volunteer in the Kyrgyz Republic, Benjamin Gowdy-Chase, at NPM Resource Center at KNU

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Students worked in groups with the lecturer to discuss volunteering opportunities in the Kyrgyz Republic