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In 1961, President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps to promote world peace and friendship. Three simple goals comprise the Peace Corps mission: 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 peoples served. 3. Helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of all Americans.
Since 1961, the Peace Corps has shared with the world America's most precious resource - its people. Peace Corps Volunteers serve in 71 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, and the Middle East. Collaborating with local community members, Volunteers work in areas like education, business, youth outreach and community development, the environment, and information technology. Coming from all walks of life and representing the rich diversity of the American people, Volunteers range in age from college students to retirees. Every Peace Corps Volunteer's experience is different. Whether teaching English to elementary school children in Zambia or launching a computer learning center in Moldova to promoting HIV/AIDS awareness in South Africa or working on soil conservation in Panama, Volunteers bring their skills and life experiences where they are needed most. Would you like to learn more about Peace Corps? Check out our web site at www.peacecorps.gov or contact a regional office at 800-424-8580.
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