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:
- Learn about the Peace Corps' three goals.
- Fast Facts
- Statistics, facts, figures and other Peace Corps information.
- In-depth information about the countries in which Volunteers serve.
- Peace Corps 50th Anniversary 1961–2011
- In 2011 Peace Corps celebrated its rich history and dedicated Volunteers.
- Learn more about the individuals and institutions supporting Volunteers around the world.
- Notable Returned Volunteers
- Find out what Chris Matthews, Reed Hastings, and Paul Theroux have in common.
- 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.
- Contact Us
Last updated Jul 16 2012