Peace Corps: An Overview

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On March 1st, 1961, President John F. Kennedy issued an Executive Order for a program that would create a global impact far beyond his wildest dreams:

He called it the Peace Corps, and while he sadly never saw much of its effect, the Peace Corps has produced more than 225,000 Volunteers in 140 countries, with Volunteers working in governments, schools, non-profit organizations, non-government organizations, education, hunger business, information technology, agriculture, environment, and health education. “In an ever-changing world, Peace Corps Volunteers have met new challenges with innovation, creativity, determination, and compassion. From AIDS education, to emerging technologies, to environmental preservation, to new market economies, Peace Corps Volunteers have helped people build better lives for themselves. Their work in villages, towns, and cities around the globe represents a legacy of service that has become a significant part of America’s history and a positive image abroad” (Quotation retrieved from the Peace Corps About Us page).

Peace Corps’ Three Goals:

  1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.

  2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.

  3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Fifty-five years after the Peace Corps’ birth, I embark on my own Peace Corps journey. I’m spending 27 months doing something that terrifies me just as much as it excites me. Working as a Youth Development Volunteer in Morocco, I hope to leave an impact that embodies everything our 35th President envisioned more than half a century ago.

For volunteer opportunities, careers, or fun facts, visit the Peace Corps website.

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15 thoughts on “Peace Corps: An Overview

  1. President Kennedy gave Hope to so many Americans, but not just Americans he gave Hope to all those in the World that wanted a better future. I wish you all the very best Good Luck in this Adventure, keep yourself safe and take in all that there is for you. I appreciate you looking at my Blog, and I hope that from time to time (when you can spare time) you will let me know how you are getting on. All the very best to you.

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  2. Abbie, Thanks for looking at my posts on Morocco. We loved it. Though I’m not exactly sure what a Youth Asset Builder is, I have a former colleague who works with young people in the Philippines. Though her project is very different than yours (peace-building in an area with 30 years of constant civil war), you might find it interesting to take a look at what some youth leadership projects in other parts of the world do. (http://www.niu.edu/cseas/currentinitiatives/index.shtml)
    Being on the ground in another country is a very different experience, too. I look forward to hearing more about your Peace Corps work.
    Best wishes! Winifred

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    1. Thank you, Winifred! A Youth Asset Builder essentially works with students, teaching English as a second language, coaching sports, doing model UN, and essentially being a positive presence in the lives of Moroccan youths. I’m so excited! I’ll definitely read about your colleague, too. 🙂

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