IT workers are abandoning Silicon Valley to serve in the Peace Corps.
According to the San Jose Mercury News some are leaving to do volunteer work in a rejection of the excesses of the internet boom and others as a response to the 11 September terror attacks.
The Peace Corps received 379 applications from San Francisco bay area residents in the last year, up nearly 12 per cent from the year before, with many of them IT workers. Across the US, applications are up six per cent.
Inquiries into joining the Peace Corps began to pick up back in spring 2001, coinciding with the dotcom collapse, according to the newspaper.
The Peace Corps has been actively targeting disaffected tech workers, running ads in alternative newspapers and on the sides of buses with messages such as "Upgrade your memories, download the world", and "Dotcom dot gone? Now it's time to network with the real world."
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