The Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then 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.
Since that time, 210,000+ Peace Corps Volunteers have served in 139 host countries to work on issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation.
Today's Peace Corps is more vital than ever, working in emerging and essential areas such as information technology and business development, and contributing to the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Peace Corps Volunteers continue to help countless individuals who want to build a better life for themselves, their children, and their communities.
There's quite a bit to learn about the Peace Corps—explore the following sections to get to know its mission, history, and current endeavors in depth:
- Fast Facts
- Statistics, facts, figures and other Peace Corps information.
- How the Peace Corps started and the decades of service that followed.
- Learn more about the individuals and institutions supporting Volunteers around the world.
- Inspector General
- The inspector general reports directly to the Peace Corps Director, and reports to Congress semiannually with data on OIG activities.
- Open Government Initiative
- FOIA regulations, policies, and general Peace Corps reports.
- Donate to the Peace Corps
- Donations support the important mission of the Peace Corps and special global initiatives such as sustainable agriculture and the prevention of malaria.
- Agency Jobs
- Use these pages to learn about the rewarding career you can have as a Peace Corps employee.
Last updated Nov 21 2013