Here is the official Peace Corps site link: http://www.peacecorps.gov/
The Peace Corps was established in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy to promote world peace and friendship. Since then the Peace Corps has sent more than 200,000 volunteers to countries around the world to help with a range of issues including education, environmental preservation, small business development, and healthy living, just to name a few.
The 3 goals of Peace Corps are:
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 people served.
3.Helping promote a better understanding of other people on the part of Americans.
Some Fast Facts:
Peace Corps officially established: March 1, 1961
Total number of Volunteers and trainees to date: 215,000+
Total number of countries served: 139
Current number of Volunteers and Trainees: 7,209
Gender: 63% female, 37% male
Marital Status: 93% single, 7% married
Minorities: 24% of Volunteers
Average Age: 28.7
Volunteers over age 50: 8%
Countries and Projects
Current number of countries served: 65 countries
Volunteers by Work Area
Community Economic Development: 11%
Youth in Development: 7%
Where Volunteers Serve
Latin America: 20%
Eastern Europe/Central Asia: 13%
The Caribbean: 4%
North Africa/Middle East: 4%
Pacific Islands: 3%