The Peace Corps, a volunteer program run by the United States government, sends American citizens to serve in a developing country for 27 months. Volunteers work in a variety of fields ranging from HIV/AIDS education to small business development to environmental protection.
The program was established in 1961 under President John F. Kennedy to promote world peace and friendship. Over 210,000 volunteers have served in 139 countries around the world, with the number of current volunteers in service resting around 8,000.
The Peace Corps’ mission has three simple goals:
- Helping the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
- Helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
- Helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.