Julia Campbell came here as a volunteer for the United States Peace Corps (USPC). ABS-CBN reported her missing while hiking in Ifugao Province last April 11,2007. Campbell served as a college teacher in Bicol since she began her USPC service in the country in March 2005. The 40-year-old Caucasian American stands 5â€™7″, sports a blonde hair and wears eyeglasses. She speaks fluent “Tagalog” and a good conversationalist.
The country’s premier TV station reported that Julia intended to hike alone near Batad, 1.5 kilometers east of Banaue town. After a couple of days her fellow USPC volunteers stated wondering where she is. The US embassy reported that there are currently 137 USPC volunteers serving in the country. It added that more than 8,000 volunteers have served in the Philippines since 1961, making it the second oldest Peace Corps program in the world.
The US volunteer group has more than 187,000 volunteers that have been invited by 139 host countries to work on issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation since it started on March 1, 1961.
The USPC describes itself as tracing “its roots and mission to 1960, when then US Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. From that inspiration grew an agency of the federal government devoted to world peace and friendship.”