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Peace Corps If you are inspired by global impact that is hands-on, grassroots-driven, and lasting, get to know us. The Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then Senator John F.

Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. From that inspiration grew an agency of the federal government devoted to world peace and friendship. Since that time, more than 225,000 Americans of all ages have responded to Kennedy’s call to serve and have helped communities in 141 countries to work on issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation. Today's Peace Corps is more vital than ever, working in emerging and essential areas such as information technology and business development, and contributing to the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Peace Corps Volunteers continue to help countless individuals who want to build a better life for themselves, their children, and their communities.

Mission: In 1961, President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps to promote world peace and friendship. The Peace Corps' mission has three simple goals: 1. Helping the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women. 2. Helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served. 3. Helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

It’s November and we’re sharing rare 1970s photos from the archives. Here, Peace Corps Volunteer Judith Cramer, right, a...
11/29/2020

It’s November and we’re sharing rare 1970s photos from the archives. Here, Peace Corps Volunteer Judith Cramer, right, a dance instructor at the National Dance School in El Salvador in 1974, teaches dance and encourages her students to express themselves in ways that reflect the country’s culture. #RepYourDecade RPCVs!

Peace Corps service is much more than numbers. Volunteers engage in cross-cultural exchange as part of their service and...
11/28/2020
What does success look like as a Peace Corps Volunteer?

Peace Corps service is much more than numbers. Volunteers engage in cross-cultural exchange as part of their service and throughout their lives, and that’s hard to put in a spreadsheet.

Since its inception in 1961, over 240,000 Americans have served as Peace Corps Volunteers in 142 countries. Each year Peace Corps deploys anywhere from 3,500-4,000 new Volunteers and receives thousands of applications. Often, these applicants have one question in common, “How will I know if I’m ...

On Thanksgiving, the Peace Corps is thankful for the more than 241,000 Volunteers who have served in 143 countries aroun...
11/26/2020

On Thanksgiving, the Peace Corps is thankful for the more than 241,000 Volunteers who have served in 143 countries around the world, promoting world peace and friendship since our founding in 1961. What are you thankful for?

11/25/2020
Video for American Peace Corp Volunteers - Korea Foundation

A fantastic video from the Korea Foundation that captures the long-lasting impact Peace Corps Volunteers had in 🇰🇷 South Korea from 1966-1981. As a thank you, the organization surprised many RPCVs who served there with COVID-19 care packages containing masks, soap and other gifts to cheer them up. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-YubrWZLfY

This a lovely video thank you from a country who is so glad that the American Peace Corp came to South Korea. They are now paying it forward to other nations...

Our Through the Decades photo series brings us to 🇧🇼 Botswana in 1976, where Peace Corps Volunteer Thomas Koon, right, w...
11/25/2020

Our Through the Decades photo series brings us to 🇧🇼 Botswana in 1976, where Peace Corps Volunteer Thomas Koon, right, was a town planning officer and worked on housing, economic and financial studies for the town council at his site. RPCVs, #RepYourDecade in comments.

Today, we point the Peace Corps Times lens at 🇬🇳 Guinea, where 1,831 Volunteers have served in every decade since our fo...
11/24/2020

Today, we point the Peace Corps Times lens at 🇬🇳 Guinea, where 1,831 Volunteers have served in every decade since our founding in 1961.

Dr. Gene Feldman, a NASA oceanographer and returned Peace Corps Volunteer, tells us how his service in Western Samoa in ...
11/23/2020
Peace Corps Gave Me Questions, and Some Answers, Too

Dr. Gene Feldman, a NASA oceanographer and returned Peace Corps Volunteer, tells us how his service in Western Samoa in the 1970s shaped his career in science and made him believe he could go anywhere and do anything he set his heart and mind to. #RepYourDecade

In researching all the possible things I could do upon graduation, the Peace Corps always rose to the top of the list. What excited me about the Peace Corps was that, in addition to offering the chance to experience another country and culture, the Peace Corps offered an opportunity to work on real-...

Our Through the Decades series takes us to 1970s 🇱🇷 Liberia, where Peace Corps Volunteer Larry Palmer, center, taught bi...
11/22/2020

Our Through the Decades series takes us to 1970s 🇱🇷 Liberia, where Peace Corps Volunteer Larry Palmer, center, taught biology, algebra, and language arts at a high school 50 miles northeast of the capital of Monrovia. RPCVs, #RepYourDecade in the comments!

The Peace Corps Times introduces us to 🇬🇳 Guinea, a West African nation of 12.4 million. Peace Corps Volunteers who serv...
11/21/2020

The Peace Corps Times introduces us to 🇬🇳 Guinea, a West African nation of 12.4 million. Peace Corps Volunteers who serve there work on agriculture, education and health projects.

International Education Week ends today, but that doesn’t mean learning about different cultures has to stop. Educators ...
11/20/2020

International Education Week ends today, but that doesn’t mean learning about different cultures has to stop. Educators and others can invite a returned Peace Corps Volunteer to speak to school through our virtual Speakers Match program. RPCVs can sign up to be speakers, too! https://www.peacecorps.gov/educators/speakers-match/

This month our Through the Decades series celebrates the 1970s with photos straight from our archives. Here, Peace Corps...
11/19/2020

This month our Through the Decades series celebrates the 1970s with photos straight from our archives. Here, Peace Corps Volunteer Janis White, of Atlanta, teaches secretarial skills at the Industrial Management Institute in Kabul, Afghanistan. RPCVs don't forget to #RepYourDecade!

Today is World Toilet Day, a UN-led initiative that celebrates toilets and raises awareness of the 4.2 billion people li...
11/19/2020
A Peace Corps Volunteer deploys science background to improve water quality in Peru

Today is World Toilet Day, a UN-led initiative that celebrates toilets and raises awareness of the 4.2 billion people living without access to safely managed sanitation. Read how Peace Corps Volunteer Nicole Bryer worked with a local community in Peru to help improve water quality and sanitation.

The most important thing I learned during my service was how to redefine success. In the beginning, I felt I needed to achieve the objectives of my program quickly and work on big projects to be successful. However, I learned that success doesn’t come very quickly, so I found joy in smaller things...

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, Jonathan Clark, a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, shares his experien...
11/18/2020
Tribulations and triumphs for an Indigenous American serving in Ukraine

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, Jonathan Clark, a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, shares his experiences as a Peace Corps Volunteer working on community development in Ukraine.

"My greatest challenge while in Peace Corps was being a gay person of color serving in a predominantly white and religious community."

To celebrate International Education Week, we’re inviting our RPCVs to share what they learned (and taught) during their...
11/17/2020

To celebrate International Education Week, we’re inviting our RPCVs to share what they learned (and taught) during their service abroad. #IEW2020

Peace Corps’ Through the Decades series is celebrating the 1970s with photos straight from our archives. Here, Peace Cor...
11/17/2020

Peace Corps’ Through the Decades series is celebrating the 1970s with photos straight from our archives. Here, Peace Corps Volunteer Pete Laor, a Duke University grad, works with Dr. D.J. Gunaratnam, right, at the Division of Irrigation and drainage in Malaysia’s Department of Agriculture. RPCVs, #RepYourDecade your decade in comments!

Peace Corps' mission in 🇮🇩Indonesia is about expanding people-to-people exchange, cultural understanding, and building e...
11/16/2020

Peace Corps' mission in 🇮🇩Indonesia is about expanding people-to-people exchange, cultural understanding, and building educational partnerships through our English teaching program.

It’s International Education Week and the perfect time to share your World Wise Schools stories! Did you participate as ...
11/16/2020

It’s International Education Week and the perfect time to share your World Wise Schools stories! Did you participate as a student, educator, PCV? Post about it on social media and use #IEW2020 📷 :Ukraine

Hannah Baker is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer who uses art to understand the world. Read more about how she incorpora...
11/14/2020
Jamaican Art History: A lesson for all

Hannah Baker is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer who uses art to understand the world. Read more about how she incorporated Caribbean art into her class lessons during her service in Jamaica.

An Art in Action Curriculum created in partnership with RPCV Hannah Baker, who centered her primary school lesson around the sculptural works of Edna Manley.

The Peace Corps Times brings us to 🇮🇩 Indonesia, the world’s largest island nation with more than 17,000 islands and mor...
11/13/2020

The Peace Corps Times brings us to 🇮🇩 Indonesia, the world’s largest island nation with more than 17,000 islands and more than 267 million people. Starting in the 1960s, 575 Peace Corps Volunteers have served there, mostly teaching English in Indonesian schools and training local teachers.

Since 1961, nearly 4,800 Peace Corps volunteers have served in 🇬🇭 Ghana, assisting with food security projects in rural ...
11/12/2020

Since 1961, nearly 4,800 Peace Corps volunteers have served in 🇬🇭 Ghana, assisting with food security projects in rural areas, increasing student capacity through education projects, or aiding the nation as it strives to reach its health goals.

On this Veterans Day, we salute the spirit of the American service member, and we honor their sacrifices. Thank you for ...
11/11/2020

On this Veterans Day, we salute the spirit of the American service member, and we honor their sacrifices. Thank you for your dedication to our nation.

11/10/2020

Nominate someone for a Peace Corps award! The Franklin H. Williams Award recognizes ethnically diverse Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) who demonstrate a lifelong commitment to civic engagement, service, diversity, inclusion, world peace, and to the Peace Corps' Third Goal of promoting a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans. One non RPCV can also be awarded for their civic involvement and their commitment to Peace Corps’ mission and current and returned Volunteers. Nominations accepted through November 13, 2020. #RPCV #PeaceCorps #ThirdGoal https://www.peacecorps.gov/about/history/awards/williams/

🎉 We’re celebrating Sargent Shriver’s birthday by sharing this amazing portrait courtesy of @smithsoniannpg! In the earl...
11/09/2020

🎉 We’re celebrating Sargent Shriver’s birthday by sharing this amazing portrait courtesy of @smithsoniannpg! In the early 1960s, this work of art was featured on the cover of which magazine?

🔬 ⌨️ 📐 In celebration of National STEM Day, learn more about pharmacognosy from Dallas Smith, a returned Peace Corps Res...
11/08/2020
Exploring Herbal Medicine and Pharmacognosy in Malawi

🔬 ⌨️ 📐 In celebration of National STEM Day, learn more about pharmacognosy from Dallas Smith, a returned Peace Corps Response Volunteer who lectured on the subject at the University of Malawi College of Medicine.

The students' love for learning and for applying their new knowledge in the realm of pharmacognosy was the most rewarding.

Today, the Peace Corps Times series takes us to 🇬🇭 Ghana, where our Volunteers have worked in the critical areas of heal...
11/07/2020

Today, the Peace Corps Times series takes us to 🇬🇭 Ghana, where our Volunteers have worked in the critical areas of health, education and agriculture throughout the entire country.

11/06/2020
Viewpoints: The Native American Volunteer Experience

In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, check out this video from our archives to see how Native American Peace Corps Volunteers share their heritage when they serve overseas. #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth

"One of the things I would say to any Native American considering Peace Corps service is that, 'it’s a really amazing privilege to be able to represent one’s...

If you ever wanted to understand what life was like in 1970s West Africa, specifically Burkina Faso, Cornell Professor, ...
11/05/2020
You Never Know Where Peace Corps Will Take You

If you ever wanted to understand what life was like in 1970s West Africa, specifically Burkina Faso, Cornell Professor, author, and RPCV George Hutchinson takes us there in our newest Through the Decades story. Don't forget to #RepYourDecade

Kom ka ye, teng ka ye (no water, no village) was a common proverb. Fela Kuti sang truthfully at the time, "Water no get enemy." There was demand for our services.

Peace Corps Volunteers can choose to take on a secondary project outside of their primary project. By partnering with ho...
11/04/2020

Peace Corps Volunteers can choose to take on a secondary project outside of their primary project. By partnering with host country nationals, Volunteers can use their skills and passions to help fulfill the needs of their communities. RPCVs, let us know what your secondary project was in the comments. 📸: Colombia

Haitian-American Peace Corps Volunteer Carlos Jean-Baptiste first served in Kenya, Zambia, and Ethiopia before being wel...
11/02/2020
Can You Go Home for the First Time?

Haitian-American Peace Corps Volunteer Carlos Jean-Baptiste first served in Kenya, Zambia, and Ethiopia before being welcomed home to Haiti as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer - despite never having been there before.

As a child of immigrants let me tell you: there is a comfort in being surrounded by people that look like you and, even more so, when they are using your language.

We continue our #ThroughTheDecades series recognizing 60 years of Peace Corps. This month, we're sharing stories and ima...
11/01/2020

We continue our #ThroughTheDecades series recognizing 60 years of Peace Corps. This month, we're sharing stories and images from the 70s. RPCVs who served at that time are invited to #RepYourDecade in the comments.

In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, Anthony Trujillo tells us how his experiences as a Peace Corps Volunte...
11/01/2020
What it's like living and working as a Native American in Mongolia

In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, Anthony Trujillo tells us how his experiences as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mongolia helped to fortify his Native American identity.

In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, Anthony Trujillo discusses how his experience living and working as a Native American in Mongolia helped to fortify his identity.

👻 🎃 🍭Halloween, Peace Corps style! Many of our Volunteers share American culture by celebrating Halloween wherever they ...
10/31/2020

👻 🎃 🍭Halloween, Peace Corps style! Many of our Volunteers share American culture by celebrating Halloween wherever they serve. The jack-o-lanterns and costumes may look different, but the fun, festivities, and smiles are universal. The holiday may be different this year, but that won’t stop the Peace Corps from wishing you a 🎃Happy Halloween🎃!

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