Just 37 miles southeast of Columbia, Orangeburg is the county seat of Orangeburg County and home to four colleges, including Claffin University, the nation's oldest historically black institution. The cost of living in rural South Carolina is low, and corps members have no trouble finding comfortable and affordable homes and apartments in Orangeburg. Local cultural attractions include the Edisto Memorial Gardens, South Carolina State's IP Stanback Museum and Planetarium, and the annual Orangeburg Festival of Roses.
South Carolina is waiting with open arms to welcome you. Corps members here enjoy the fabulous farmer’s markets, an interesting art scene, and our famous southern cuisine. They can also explore the region’s beaches and mountains, take courses at Francis Marion University, and dine on delicious barbecue. Nearby, there are great weekend destinations including the cities of Columbia, Charleston, and Greenville, as well as lively Myrtle Beach. Even those corps members placed in rural regions are only a few hours drive from larger cities—the entire state is easily crossed in a matter of hours.
In 2012 our region is expanding, and for the first time corps members will be teaching in beautiful Charleston, as well as the Pee Dee region (named for a Native American tribe that first inhabited the area), and Orangeburg. Although the South Carolina region stretches across a large portion of the state, our corps members typically teach in schools or districts with other corps members. They often choose to share apartments in towns like Florence, Orangeburg, Santee, and Charleston. When a group of corps members are placed in neighboring towns and counties in the Pee Dee region, they may choose to live in a central location together to create a more close-knit corps experience. Whether it’s cheering on their school’s football team on a Friday night or attending the county fair with students and families, our corps members fInd ways to become active participants in their communities.
Living in South Carolina is truly the best of both worlds: small town intimacy with easy access to the amenities of a big city.
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