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," celebrates 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 will hold 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 will showcase inspirational stories from Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, currently serving Volunteers, Peace Corps staff, former students of Peace Corps Volunteers, and other local community members. Join us in person, or via the livestream on the Kennedy Center page.

Visit the Kennedy Center Performance Page

Other Events

The Peace Corps is holding many events to celebrate Peace Corps Week 2024. In addition to many in-person local events, you can attend an online storytelling panel, learn about service opportunities at home and abroad, and find out how to apply to the Peace Corps Response Program.

Peace Corps posts from around the world are also holding virtual events to connect Returned Volunteers with their country of service. See below for times, dates and links to register or RSVP for these events. Please check back as more events will be posted soon.

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Connect with Togo
2:00 PM EST
Register

Monday, February 26, 2024

Connect with Timor-Leste
7:00 PM EST
Visit the livestream page

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Connect with Lesotho
9:00 AM EST
Register

Connect with Panama
3:30 PM EST
Register

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Connect with Indonesia
8:00 PM EST
Register

Connect with Mongolia
8:00 PM EST
Register

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Connect with Ethiopia
11:00 AM EST
Register

Connect with Belize
4:00 PM EST
Register

Connect with Colombia
4:00 PM EST
Register

Connect with The Gambia
4:00 PM EST
Register

Connect with Cambodia
8:00 PM EST
Register

Friday, March 1, 2024

Connect with Kosovo
10:00 AM EST
Visit the livestream page

RPCV Philippines Story Slam
11:00 AM EST
Register

Food and Diet in the Philippines

Participate in Peace Corps' Global Feast

During Peace Corps Week 2024 we would like to encourage RPCVs to celebrate the cuisine and culinary flavors of their country of service. This could include:

  • 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

Food is an integral part of culture and community, and a vibrant part of the Peace Corps experience. We look forward to sharing how Volunteers celebrate Peace Corps' Global Feast, both virtually and in-person, throughout the week on social media using the hashtag #GlobalFeast.