The U.S. Peace Corps is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Americans enrolled in the program devote two years of their lives to helping those around the world. Since its founding, over 200,000 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in 139 host countries to work on issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation.

Alina Cho talks with Maureen Orth, Vanity Fair special correspondent and Peace Corps alum, about the unique way she’s celebrating this renowned American institution.

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