Peace Corps Week 2024

February 25 to March 2, 2024

Peace Corps Week commemorates March 1, 1961, the day that President John F. Kennedy established the agency. The annual celebration honors how the Peace Corps fosters connections and contributes to meaningful change – in the United States and around the world.

Optimism in Action

Since 1961, at the invitation of foreign governments, more than 240,000 Americans have served the United States and countries around the globe as Peace Corps Volunteers. There are currently over 2,400 Volunteers working alongside community members in 58 countries addressing the persistent impacts of COVID-19 and climate change, and tackling local development priorities across the Peace Corps’ six work sectors: Agriculture, Community Economic Development, Education, Environment, Health, and Youth in Development.

The theme for this year, "Optimism in Action," celebrated the myriad ways the Peace Corps collaborates with communities to confront formidable challenges and embodies a steadfast belief in the possibility of positive change through proactive, hopeful engagement. This theme highlights the vital role of resilience, adaptability, and sustainable change in surmounting global challenges and cultivating peace in our dynamically complex world.

Featured Event

As part of the week’s activities, the Peace Corps held a live event at the Kennedy’s Center’s Millenium Stage on Friday, March 1, featuring stories from the across the Peace Corps.

Growing Together: Stories from the Peace Corps showcased inspirational stories from Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, currently serving Volunteers, Peace Corps staff, former students of Peace Corps Volunteers, and other local community members.

Connect to Country Events

Peace Corps posts from around the world held virtual events to connect Returned Volunteers with their country of service. Posts that held events included Togo, Timor-Leste, Lesotho, Panama, Indonesia, Mongolia, Ethiopia, Belize, Colombia, The Gambia, Cambodia, Kosovo, and the Philippines.

Food and Diet in the Philippines

Peace Corps' Global Feast

During Peace Corps Week 2024 we encouraged RPCVs to celebrate the cuisine and culinary flavors of their country of service. This included:

  • Eating at a local restaurant that features food from your country of service
  • Sharing a recipe from a host-country content creator on social media
  • Cooking a favorite dish from service for family and friends
  • Sharing a photo of your favorite dish from service