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Our Leaders on the impact of our Volunteers

A Vision for Peace and Friendship

We also know that progress in the most impoverished parts of our world enriches us all -- not only because it creates new markets, more stable order in certain regions of the world, but also because it's the right thing to do. In many places, people live on little more than a dollar a day. So the United States will join with our allies to eradicate such extreme poverty in the next two decades by connecting more people to the global economy; by empowering women; by giving our young and brightest minds new opportunities to serve, and helping communities to feed, and power, and educate themselves; by saving the world's children from preventable deaths; and by realizing the promise of an AIDS-free generation, which is within our reach. Barack Obama 2009-Present

Former U.S. Presidents on Peace Corps

For every young American who participates in the Peace Corps—who works in a foreign land—will know that he or she is sharing in the great common task of bringing to man that decent way of life which is the foundation of freedom and a condition of peace. John F. Kennedy 1961-63

Peace Corps volunteers don't carry our culture; they carry universal values and principles that are so incredibly important for all mankind. George W. Bush 2001-09

When President Kennedy founded the Peace Corps in 1961, he saw it as a bold experiment in public service that would unite our nation's highest ideals with a pragmatic approach to bettering the lives of ordinary people around the world. He also saw it as an investment in our own future, in an increasingly interdependent world. In the years since, it's paid off many times over. William Clinton 1993-2001

By bringing your training and skills…you can help your host nations make the difficult but vital journey from dependence on short-term aid to self-sufficiency. Ronald Reagan 1981-89

Last updated Jul 15 2014

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