Peace Corps

Founded in 1961 by newly inaugurated President John F. Kennedy, Peace Corps is a federal government agency that sends talented Americans to communities around the world to work and collaborate at a grassroots levels.  Volunteers live and work in a host country for at least two years in education, youth & community development, health & HIV/AIDS prevention, business & IT, agriculture, and environmental development.  The mission of Peace Corps, as defined by President Kennedy, is to promote world peace and friendship

The Peace Corps’ mission has three 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.


Varies by program and location