Since its establishment in 1961, the Peace Corps has been guided by a mission of world peace and friendship. The agency exemplifies the best of our nation’s spirit by sending Americans to serve around the world, advancing development and building cross-cultural understanding. Today, the Peace Corps continues to build strong relationships between our country and the people of our partner nations while making a difference in overseas communities, in the lives of our Volunteers, and back home in the United States. More than 235,000 Volunteers have served in 141 countries since 1961, changing lives—including their own.
The Peace Corps advances its mission through the work of its Volunteers. Rather than providing monetary assistance to countries, the agency sends Volunteers to share their skills and experience while living and working alongside local individuals and communities. This day-to-day interaction gives Volunteers a unique perspective and the opportunity to partner with local communities to address their development challenges and to strengthen mutual understanding.
Peace Corps Volunteers are the face of our nation in communities around the globe, building positive perceptions of the United States and sharing American values with their communities. After Volunteers complete their service, they return to the United States with new skills, deep knowledge of other cultures, and long-lasting relationships. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers continue their service by promoting awareness of other cultures and global issues with friends, family, and the American public; maintaining relationships with colleagues and friends from the countries where they served; and sustaining their commitment to volunteerism and public service.
Forum Case Studies – COVID-19 and the Future of Volunteering for Development: Findings from a study conducted for the International Forum for Volunteering in Development (Forum)
These case studies form part of the study commissioned by the International Forum for Volunteering in Development to examine the impact of COVID-19 on volunteers, volunteer involving organisations and volunteering for development.
IVCO 2020 Paper: Volunteering for Climate Action
This paper explores the connection between volunteering and climate action.
IVCO 2020 Paper: Volunteering for Climate Action: Perspectives from a Survey of Volunteer Involving Organisations
To better understand the current action, gaps, and opportunities for volunteer-involving organisations (VIOs) to tackle climate change, this study reports on the results of a survey of VIOs’ activities and good practice models.
IVCO 2020 Paper: Volunteering for Climate Action in Pacific Island Countries: Considerations for IVCO 2020
This paper starts with an overview of its reach and rationale, followed by an introduction that provides the context as to why the Pacific is a highly relevant (virtual) setting for the IVCO 2020 theme, Volunteering for Climate Action, and then discusses: 1.
IVCO 2020 Paper: COVID-19 and Volunteering for Development: Impacts, Innovations and Implications
This paper presents preliminary findings from a study commissioned by Forum to examine how the disruption of international volunteering by COVID-19 is impacting on the work of international volunteer cooperation organisations (IVCOs), other VIOs, partners and the communities they serve.
The Peace Corps’ Congressional Budget Justification: Fiscal Year 2018
The annual submission for budget support to the US Congress requires extensive detailed evidence of activity on the part of Peace Corps and statistical profiles of Peace Corps Volunteers.
Annual Volunteer Survey Results Global Tabular Report
This report analyzes the results from the Peace Corps’ 2016 Annual Volunteer Survey.
Statistical Report of Crimes against Volunteers 2016
The Statistical Report of Crimes Against Volunteers 2016 provides summary statistics of reported crime victimizations of Peace Corps Volunteers and trainees that occurred in calendar year 2016.
A Call to Peace: Perspectives of Volunteers on the Peace Corps at 50
The Peace Corps emerged late in the 1960 presidential campaign, yet ignited one of the most instantaneous responses.