In 1961, President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps to promote world peace and friendship.
The Peace Corps’ mission has three simple goals:
1. Helping the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
2. Helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
3. Helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.
– Officially established: March 1, 1961
– Americans who have served: 230,000+
– Host countries served to date: 141
– Number of volunteers and trainees in service today: 7,376
– Average age of volunteers: 28
– Percentage volunteers in Africa: 46%
– Percentage volunteers in Education and Youth Development: 52%
– Length of service: 27 months (10 weeks of training + 24 months of service)
– Age of oldest volunteer: 87 (she served in Morocco!)
To learn more about our journey applying for the Peace Corps, click here. For information on the work that I completed during the Peace Corps, please read an unofficial description of my service by clicking here.
I hope to continue to work towards the third goal of the Peace Corps by educating Americans about my time spent living in Morocco. I hope you will take some time to read through some blog posts to learn about the incredible experience that comes with living in another country for an extended time. If you’re interested in learning more or have any questions, please reach out to me.