Peace Corps

What is the Peace Corps?

“The Peace Corps is a volunteer program run by the United States government. The stated mission of the Peace Corps includes providing technical assistance, helping people outside the United States to understand American culture, and helping Americans to understand the cultures of other countries. The work is generally related to social and economic development.”

History and Volunteer Information

  • Peace Corps officially established: March 1, 1961
  • Americans who have served since 1961: 220,000+ in 140 countries around the world
  • Volunteer Gender Breakdown: 63 % female / 37% male
  • Volunteer Marital Status Breakdown: 95% single / 5% married
  • Current number of Volunteers and Trainees: 6,919 in 63 countries