About the Peace Corps

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps to promote world peace and friendship.1

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.

For more information, check out the Peace Corps Website and this handy-dandy fact sheet.

For inspirational videos, see below:

The Beginning (circa 1960):

“For every young American who participates in the Peace Corps—who works in a foreign land—will know that he or she is sharing in the great common task of bringing to man that decent way of life which is the foundation of freedom and a condition of peace.” -John F. Kennedy, 1961, after establishing the Peace Corps


Peace Corps in the 21st Century (circa 2010):

“We are no longer isolated from what happens on the other side of the world.  It’s in our best interest to look beyond our immediate self-interest, and look out for one another globally.  So many of today’s challenges are borderless…and solving those problems demands cooperation with others.” -Michelle Obama, 2010 GWU Commencement

2 Responses to About the Peace Corps

  1. Jess Arms says:

    Dearest Stash,

    I’m so stoked that you are doing this! You’re about to have an amazing adventure and an unbelievable feeling of accomplishment. You are such a baller for taking the plung with the PC. I have plans to serve as well one day, so I want to know everything about how it goes for you. I’ll be reading your blog. Take care, be safe, experience everything, good luck!



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