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About Us

As the preeminent international service organization of the United States, the Peace Corps sends Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Peace Corps Volunteers work at the grassroots level toward sustainable change that lives on long after their service—at the same time becoming global citizens and serving their country. When they return home, Volunteers bring their knowledge and experiences—and a global outlook—that enriches the lives of those around them.

The Peace Corps' Mission

To promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:

  • To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women
  • To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served
  • To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans
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.
Agency Jobs
Use these pages to learn about the rewarding career you can have as a Peace Corps employee.
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Last updated Oct 08 2014

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