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Fast Facts

History

Peace Corps officially established:
March 1, 1961
Americans who have served:
Nearly 220,000
Host countries served to date:
140

Volunteers

Current number of Volunteers and Trainees:
6,818
Gender:
63% female, 37% male
Marital Status:
94% single, 6% married
Minorities:
25% of Volunteers*
Average Age:
28
Volunteers over age 50:
7%

Countries and Projects

Current number of countries served:
64 countries

Volunteers by Work Area

  • Education: 38%
  • Health: 24%
  • Environment: 12%
  • Community Economic Development: 9%
  • Youth in Development: 9%
  • Agriculture: 5%
  • Peace Corps Response: 3%

Where Volunteers Serve

  • Africa: 45%
  • Latin America: 23%
  • Eastern Europe/Central Asia: 10%
  • Asia: 12%
  • The Caribbean: 4%
  • North Africa/Middle East: 3%
  • Pacific Islands: 3%

Budget

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

Peace Corps Director

Carrie Hessler-Radelet (Western Samoa 1981-1983)

Toll-Free Recruitment Number

855.855.1961

* Volunteer percentage excludes non-responders.
Figures are based on data as of September 30, 2014.

Last updated Nov 20 2013

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