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Peace Corps Today

Making a difference in communities abroad, the lives of Volunteers, and in the United States.

Although times have changed since the Peace Corps' founding in 1961, the agency's mission—to promote world peace and friendship—has not.

The Peace Corps has been a leader in international development and citizen diplomacy for more than 50 years across more than 139 countries. In an increasingly interdependent world, we tackle challenges that know no borders—such as climate change, pandemic disease, food security, and gender equality and empowerment. Although times have changed since the Peace Corps' founding in 1961, the agency's mission—to promote world peace and friendship—has not. Today, the Peace Corps is more vital than ever, working in collaboration with partner organizations and using cutting-edge technologies and well-tested best practices to enhance impact.

Our more than 215,000 current and returned Volunteers know that the Peace Corps changes lives—both their own and the lives of people in communities around the world. They learn about leadership, ingenuity, self-reliance, and relationship building and become global citizens. Peace Corps Volunteers reflect the very best of humanity, innovation and aspiration for a better tomorrow. When they return home, they share their stories and experiences and give back to their own communities, helping to strengthen international ties and increase our global competitiveness.

Global Influence
The Peace Corps is an integral part of the global community helping to eradicate disease, feed the hungry, and address other worldwide challenges through innovative, grassroots solutions.
Innovation
Peace Corps Volunteers today employ modern technology and tools to work in new ways with host country communities.
Inspiring Careers
The Peace Corps is a life-defining leadership experience and launching pad for a 21st century career.
Peace Corps Times
The Peace Corps Times is a semiannual publication for Volunteers in the field. Revamped in 2014, it provides news and information from headquarters, posts, and Volunteers.

Last updated Oct 08 2014

Peace Corps Tech in the Field Infographic

Volunteers around the world apply different technologies to engage with their communities.
Tech in the Field (PDF)

Invest in Your World

Donate to a Volunteer's community project today! The Peace Corps Partnership Program applies 100% of your tax-deductible donation toward a specific Project, Special Fund or Country Fund.
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Peace Corps Digital Library

Digital Library

Share your service experience through stories and photos.

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