Founded by President John F. Kennedy in 1961, the Peace Corps is a U.S. government agency dedicated to promoting world peace and friendship through grassroots sustainable development initiatives and cultural exchange. The Peace Corps mission is threefold:
- To help people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women
- To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of people served
- To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.
Peace Corps Volunteers commit to a 27-month tour of service, including three months of in-country training followed by two years of service. This time commitment allows Volunteers to fully integrate into their host community, which is key to successfully carrying out effective and sustainable projects.
Currently, there are over 7,000 Peace Corps Volunteers serving in over 60 countries around the world, working side by side with local community members on projects in agriculture, education, environment, health, community economic development and youth development.