National Peace Corps Association Partners with to Bring Social Travel Platform to More than 200,000 Members

From Free Homestays to Full Amenity Home Rentals, Peace Corps Community Members Have Easy Access to Accommodations in 175 Countries

WASHINGTON DC & SAN FRANCISCO, June 7, 2012 -- Social travel site today announced it has partnered with the National Peace Corps Association – the nation's leading nonprofit organization supporting more than 200,000 returned Peace Corps volunteers and the Peace Corps community. Now, in addition to connecting with other returned volunteers for coffee, Peace Corps Community members have direct access to accommodation options ranging from free homestays to full amenity home rentals in over 175 countries.

The National Peace Corps Association joins a rapidly growing network of Tripping partners including AmeriCorps Alums, PADI, Hostelling International, universities and AIESEC, as well as a collaboration with the AARP to help grow its 50+ multigenerational network of travelers. The Tripping / National Peace Corps Association partnership comes just in time for Peace Corps Connect: 2012, the Annual Gathering, which will be held this year in Minneapolis from June 29-30.

"Peace Corps volunteers, by nature, are almost always on the move, and makes it easy for our community to meet each other on the road. Joining this network will be one of the perks for belonging to the Peace Corps 'family,'" says Molly Mattessich, Manager of Online Initiatives at the National Peace Corps Association.

With a unique, branded National Peace Corps Association Network on, the partnership helps current and returned Peace Corps Volunteers combine cultural exchange with home rentals of all varieties – fostering real-life interaction that enhances domestic and international travel. This embraces the Peace Corps' values of sharing cultural experiences at home and abroad. The Association's network members can also use Tripping to meet other travelers in addition to local members in their own cities. In addition to expanding their personal and professional networks within the Peace Corps Community, the group's members can connect with new friends for conversation, dinner parties, rounds of golf and other local activities.

Recently, added over 750,000 home rental listings to the site through partnerships with top suppliers including HomeAway, Flipkey, Roomorama, and BedyCasa. Property details can be viewed directly on Tripping, making it easy to browse and compare listings across multiple rental sites. National Peace Corps Association group members can connect with locals for meaningful cultural experiences while staying in a local home rental that matches their personal preference – and budget. All bookings for the upcoming annual gathering help support the National Peace Corps Association community:

" and the Peace Corps Community share so much in common when it comes to cultural exchange so our partnership was a natural evolution that brings value to both our communities," commented Founder and CEO Jen O'Neal. "The Peace Corps experience is something that resides in people long after their service is complete. We're happy to give current and returned Peace Corps volunteers an easy way to connect with local people and each other, everywhere they go in the world."

Founded in 1979 and headquartered in Washington, DC, the National Peace Corps Association is the nation's leading 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization supporting Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and the Peace Corps community through networking and mentoring to help guide former Volunteers through their continued service back home. It is also the longest-standing advocate for an independent and robust Peace Corps and its values. To learn more, visit

Tripping is a social travel site that connects travelers with local people for tips, shared cups of coffee and homestays in over 175 countries. By providing a safe and easy way for travelers to engage in cultural exchange, Tripping can transform a simple vacation into a meaningful, life-changing experience. In addition to connecting travelers with locals, Tripping also aggregates and offers the widest selection of local home rentals on the planet. From Fijian bungalows to New York City lofts, travelers can use Tripping to step off the tourist path and stay in unique local spaces in over 15,000 cities worldwide. Founded in 2009, Tripping's mission is to make the world a better place through cultural exchange.

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