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September 14, 2002

Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo visits Peace Corps headquarters. During President Toledo’s historic visit, he shares with agency staffers personal details of the crucial role that Peace Corps Volunteers played in his young life. In 1963, President Toledo, then an adolescent shoeshine boy, developed a lasting friendship with Peace Corps Volunteers Joel Meister and Nancy Deeds. After President Toledo graduated from high school, Meister and Deeds helped him gain admission to San Francisco City College and later, San Francisco State University. Subsequently, the future Peruvian President would earn a scholarship for graduate studies at Stanford University.

September 26, 2002

Hipólito Mejía Domínguez, President of the Dominican Republic, visits Peace Corps headquarters. President Mejia discusses the importance of his country’s relationship with the Peace Corps and his plans to ensure the partnership continues and prospers. President Mejia learned English from Peace Corps Volunteers when he was a child. Mejia states, "I understand firsthand the work of Peace Corps Volunteers, and I tell everyone I can, especially other politicians, that Peace Corps is very important. The work that Peace Corps Volunteers do in my country is wonderful."

September 30, 2002

Habitat for Humanity International and the Peace Corps join forces by signing a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on projects in select regions across the world.

December 2002

The Peace Corps debuts its online library. The library contains materials used to train and support Peace Corps staff, Volunteers, and host country partners. The addition of this library to the Peace Corps Web site is part of the agency’s mission to use innovative technology to maximize communications and share knowledge more efficiently around the globe.

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