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    President Kennedy's recently announced Peace Corps of young civilian volunteers for work in underdeveloped countries, is not the first organisation this kind.

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    President Kennedy's recently announced Peace Corps of young civilian volunteers for work in underdeveloped countries, is not the first organisation this kind.

    In Britain, there is the Voluntary Service Overscas, with its headquarters in the Royal Commonwealth society building in London. Another organisation - founded 40 years ago by a Swiss engineer - is Service Civil International, with a British branch known as International Voluntary Service.

    Voluntary Service Overseas at present has 89 volunteer workers spread over many countries of the Commonwealth. 13 of them are women, and this year it is hoped 120 volunteers will be sent abroad. The aim is to select volunteers of school-leaving age, tor their youth is considered a great asset in helping them to establish close contact with their contemporaries in the less developed parts of the Commonwealth.

    The organisation receives financial support from the colonial Development Fund, the British Council, and from business firms and various institutions. It is also organising volunteer work in non-Commonwealth countries,f and Service Civil International does much of its work outside the Commonwealth. V.S.O. workers received no pay, but get their keep and a little pocket money.

    V.S.O.'s organiser in Mr. Alec Dickson, a former Colonial Service official who has also been head of the Unesco technical assistance mission in Iraq.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6WZ1JWR7J5SB2N3KVGPX7YCLU
    Media URN:
    VLVA6WZ1JWR7J5SB2N3KVGPX7YCLU
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/03/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:45:00
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    N/A

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