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What is the Third Goal?

Third Goal

The Third Goal of the Peace Corps aims to help Americans understand the people and cultures of other countries. It is one of the three goals that support the mission of the Peace Corps to promote world peace and friendship.

Why is it important?

When Volunteers and friends of the Peace Corps support and engage in Third Goal activities, they help Americans gain a greater understanding of the world. They foster the spirit of world peace and friendship. They may also inspire Americans to be civic minded by example.

How do I get involved?

Whether you are a returned Volunteer, a currently serving Volunteer, a family member, or a friend of the Peace Corps, you can engage in Third Goal activities. For example, if you are an RPCV, you can give classroom, workplace, and community talks about your Volunteer work. If you are a family member, you may want to share something you have learned of the culture where your Volunteer is serving. You may want to write to your local newspaper or give an interview on a local radio program. Perhaps you would like to team up with others to organize a cultural event. Here are some ideas and suggestions on how to get involved any time during the year.

If you are affiliated with a school or organization, consider inviting a returned Volunteer to speak through the Speakers Match program or any of the Speaker's Bureaus of affiliated Peace Corps groups. You could also connect with any one of the Peace Corps regional offices for details about events you can get involved with or attend.

Peace Corps Week

Peace Corps Week 2014 is from February 23 to March 1

Save the date! Peace Corps Week 2014 will take place from Sunday February 23 $ndash; Saturday March 1. Peace Corps Week celebrates the anniversary of the Peace Corps around March 1st. Traditionally, returned Volunteers and friends of the Peace Corps show solidarity by participating in Third Goal activities to honor both the work of the agency and its Volunteers of the past and present.

Learn more about fun and creative ways to celebrate the Peace Corps by engaging in Third Goal activities.

Last updated Jan 22 2014

Register Your Participation

Help the Peace Corps demonstrate the impact of the Third Goal.

Registrants will receive a FREE Third Goal Kit to supplement your event or activity.

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Contact Us

For more information about Third Goal activities, please contact:

Peace Corps Office of Third Goal and Returned Volunteer Services
1111 20th St. NW
Washington, DC 20526

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