One of the largest and most well-established volunteer communities, Peace Corps provides its volunteers with international opportunities in areas such as education, youth outreach and community development, the environment and information technology.
The Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. Since that time, nearly 200,000 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in 139 host countries, working on issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation.
Today's Peace Corps is more vital than ever, working in emerging and essential areas such as information technology and business development, and committing more than 1,000 new Volunteers as a part of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Peace Corps Volunteers continue to help countless individuals who want to build a better life for themselves, their children and their communities. Volunteers have the chance to learn a new language, experience another culture and develop leadership skills.