About Peace Corps


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.

Fast Facts:
- Officially established: March 1, 1961 (happy 50th birthday!)
- Americans who have served: 200,000+
- Host countries served to date: 139
- Number of volunteers and trainees in service today: 8,655
- Average age of volunteers: 28
- Percentage volunteers in Africa: 37%
- Percentage volunteers in Education/Youth Development: 42%
- Length of service: 27 months (10 weeks of training + 24 months of service)
- Age of oldest volunteer: 86

To learn more, visit http://www.peacecorps.gov.