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:
- Helping the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
- Helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
- 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
Community Economic Development: 12%
Youth in Development: 6%
Where Volunteers Serve
Latin America: 21%
Eastern Europe/Central Asia: 15%
The Caribbean: 4%
North Africa/Middle East: 4%
Pacific Islands: 3%
Fiscal year 2012 budget: $375 million
Fiscal year 2013 budget: $377.295 million*