What is the Peace Corps?

The United States Peace Corps is a volunteer organization started by former President JFK in 1961. Its aim is to send educated young Americans overseas to assist developing countries in the following sectors: Health, Education, Environment, Community Economic Development, Youth Development and Agriculture.

Since the organization began, nearly 220,000 Americans have served abroad in 140 countries.



Peace Corps has 3 Organizational Goals: 

   Goal #1. To help people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.

   Goal #2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.

   Goal #3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

To me, these goals mean- to help people who need and want our help, to engage in cross-cultural exchange while serving abroad, and to bring home and share knowledge & experiences gained overseas.


For more history of the Peace Corps, go here.




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