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Fast Facts

History

Peace Corps officially established:
March 1, 1961
Total number of Volunteers and trainees to date:
215,000+
Total number of countries served:
139

Volunteers

Current number of Volunteers and Trainees:
7,209
Gender:
63% female, 37% male
Marital Status:
93% single, 7% married
Minorities:
24% of Volunteers
Average Age:
28.7
Volunteers over age 50:
8%

Countries and Projects

Current number of countries served:
65 countries

Volunteers by Work Area

  • Education: 40%
  • Health: 22%
  • Environment: 12%
  • Community Economic Development: 11%
  • Youth in Development: 7%
  • Agriculture: 5%
  • Other: 3%

Where Volunteers Serve

  • Africa: 46%
  • Latin America: 20%
  • Eastern Europe/Central Asia: 13%
  • Asia: 10%
  • The Caribbean: 4%
  • North Africa/Middle East: 4%
  • Pacific Islands: 3%

Budget

Fiscal year 2013 budget:
$356.25 million
Fiscal year 2014 budget:
$379 million

Peace Corps Acting Director

Carrie Hessler-Radelet (Western Samoa 1981-1983)

Toll-Free Recruitment Number

855.855.1961

Figures are based on data as of September 30, 2013.

Last updated Nov 20 2013

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