Peace Corps Mission Statement

The mission of the Peace Corps is to promote world peace and friendship by providing qualified volunteers to interested countries in need of trained manpower, by fostering a better understanding of Americans on the part of the people served and by fostering a better understanding of other people on the part of Americans.

The agency fulfills the Peace Corps' mission of providing people to people development assistance at the grassroots level and cross cultural exchange by fielding as many volunteers around the world as it can appropriately recruit, train, program and support at the budget level approved by the congress.

Peace Corps: What is it all about?

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy created the Peace Corps, a U.S. Government Agency organized to provide assistance to foreign countries in need. Today, approximately 6,500 volunteers fight hunger, disease, illiteracy, poverty and lack of opportunity in over 87 countries. More than 140,000 Americans have been Peace Corps Volunteers. There are more than 60 assignments available in such fields as agriculture, business, education, environment, forestry, health and nutrition.

It is an American ideal to believe that one can advance their life by working hard. But it is a Peace Corps Volunteer who will actually give their time to help others improve their lives.

During the two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer, you have the opportunity to alter and improve the lives of others while changing yourself as well. Working side by side with host country co-workers, volunteers return home as citizens of the world. Showing they care enough to give of themselves, volunteers help promote peace, friendship, and understanding by experiencing and living among different communities.

Peace Corps Mission Statement from:
Peace Corps booklet, "The Toughest Job You'll Ever Love", #RMB-31-N, 8/95

Last updated January 25, 1999 by Dominic Preiswerk

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