The U.S. Peace Corps was established in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy to promote world peace and friendship through global service. For more than five decades, Peace Corps Volunteers in 140 countries have demonstrated ingenuity, creativity, and grit to solve critical challenges alongside community leaders.
The Peace Corps Mission is to promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:
- To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained volunteers;
- To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served; and
- To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.
Former President Obama Encouraged Americans to Serve as Peace Corps Volunteers