Peace Corps

A leader in international development and citizen diplomacy, the Peace Corps has been around for the last 50 years in 140 countries. Founded in 1961 by John F. Kennedy, the Peace Corps’ mission is to promote world peace and friendship with a focus on working in collaboration with partner organizations to enhance impact and make sustainable change.

Peace Corps Mission Goals:
  1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women
  2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served
  3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans
Fun Facts:
  • Peace Corps officially established: March 1, 1961
  • Americans who have served: More than 220,000
  • Host countries served to date: 140
  • Current number of countries served: 63 countries
  • Average age of volunteers: 28
  • Volunteers over age 50: 7%
Volunteers by Work Area:
  • Education: 37%
  • Health: 24%
  • Environment: 10%
  • Youth Development: 10%
  • Community Economic Development: 9%
  • Agriculture: 6%
  • Peace Corps Response: 4%
Volunteers by Work Area:
  • Africa: 45%
  • Latin America: 22%
  • Eastern Europe/Central Asia: 10%
  • Asia: 12%
  • The Caribbean: 4%
  • North Africa/Middle East: 3%
  • Pacific Islands: 3%

*Fast Fact Sheet PDF
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