Peace Corps

From the official Peace Corps website:

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.


Peace Corps officially established: March 1, 1961
Total number of Volunteers and trainees to date: 210,000+
Total number of countries served: 139


Current number of Volunteers and Trainees: 8,073
Gender: 62% female, 38% male
Marital Status: 93% single, 7% married
Minorities: 22% of Volunteers
Average Age: 28
Volunteers over age 50: 7%

Countries and Projects

Current number of countries served: 76 countries

Volunteers by Work Area

Education: 43%
Health: 21%
Community Economic Development: 12%
Environment: 12%
Youth in Development: 6%
Agriculture: 4%
Other: 2%

Where Volunteers Serve

Africa: 43%
Latin America: 21%
Eastern Europe/Central Asia: 15%
Asia: 10%
The Caribbean: 4%
North Africa/Middle East: 4%
Pacific Islands: 3%


Fiscal year 2012 budget: $375 million
Fiscal year 2013 budget: $377.295 million*


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