What Is the Peace Corps?
The Peace Corps traces its mission back to 1961. In a speech at the University of Michigan, then Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students to serve their country in the cause for peace by living and working in developing countries. The Peace Corps is now a federal agency devoted to world peace and friendship.
Since 1961, more than 195,000 Peace Corps volunteers have served in 139 host countries to work on issues as diverse as AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation.
The Peace Corps' mission has 3 goals:
1. Helping the people of interested countries in meeting the need for trained men and women.
2. Helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the people served.
3. Helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.
Volunteer opportunities are available for those with a four-year degree OR a combination of job experience and a two-year degree OR substantial experience, in lieu of a degree, in specialized areas. (Some specialized areas are: skilled trades, farm/agribusiness, vegetable gardening/nursery/forestry or fish cultivation/production, business management, computer technology, nursing (RN/LPN/LVN), non-profit management/organizational development, and work with at-risk youth.)
You can find more information on the Peace Corps website.