The Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then-Sen. 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 a federal government agency devoted to world peace and friendship. Throughout its history, the Peace Corps has adapted and responded to the issues of the times. In an ever-changing world, Peace Corps Volunteers have met new challenges with innovation, creativity, determination, and compassion. From AIDS education to emerging technologies to environmental preservation to new market economies, Peace Corps Volunteers have helped people build better lives for themselves. Their work in villages, towns, and cities around the globe represents a legacy of service that has become a significant part of America’s history and positive image abroad. This unique heritage continues to inspire and, since 1961, 210,000+ Americans have served in the Peace Corps, working in 139 countries and making a difference every day.


Peace Corps has thousands of volunteer opportunities for Americans aged 18 and over who are interested in public service abroad. One of the goals of the Peace Corps is to help the people of other countries gain a beter understanding of Americans and our multicultural society. The agency actively recruits people with a variety of backgrounds and experiences to best share our nations greatest resource-its people-with the communities where Volunteers serve around the globe. The Peace Corps welcomes people from every background and does not discriminate against anyone based upon race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age (40 or over), disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, parental status, political affiliation, union membership, genetic information, or prior participation in protected activity including grievance proceedings.
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