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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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    Reel I. General view of Royal Commonwealth Society building in Northumberland Avenue, London.

    Close-ups of Society signs.

    The interviewing board of the Voluntary Service Overseas talking to one of the volunteers.

    The board is left to right:-

    Mr. G.L. STEPHENSON, of the staff of the V.S.O.,

    Mr. E.R.CHADWICK, Acting Secretary of the V.S.O.,

    Mr. HARRY REE, Headmaster of Watford Grammar School.

    Mr. ALEC DICKSON, Director of the V.S.O.

    Miss G.PLUMMER.

    Mr. GEOFFREY CLARKE, the V.S.O. Committee Secretary, dealing with recruitment.

    Various angles on girl candidate being interviewed, etc.

    A young man volunteer before the interviewing board.

    Various angles on this sequence.

    Within the offices of the V.S.O. with volunteer staff at work.

    The map shows the location in the world of the various volunteers who are out doing work. The small flags denote their position.

    When a new volunteer is appointed a flag is placed in position on map and then on other wall of room a further display is set up detailing name, etc of volunteer and location marked with tapes.

    Staff at work, etc.

    Initials BA/V/AW

    Have handed in a can containing a roll of developed positive 16mm film belonging to the V.S.O., some of which shows their activities in the field.

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    Background: 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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