Saturday, July 02, 2005

What is the Peace Corps exaclty?

"...i mean, i've heard of it and all, but what exactly is it and what do they really do?" Good question! The best place for this info is the Peace Corps website. The Peace Corps (PC) was begun by John F. Kennedy in 1961. The mision was to send US volunteers to live and work in developing countries. Volunteers are asked to spend 2 years in another country in fields such as agriculture, environmental protection, AIDS/health care, construction, teaching english, and information technology to name a few. Since that time, more than 178,000 Peace Corps Volunteers have been invited by 138 host countries! The Peace Corps has 3 goals: 1. Helping the people of interested countries in meeting their needs 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. History Peace Corps officially established: March 1, 1961 Total number of Volunteers and trainees to date: 178,000 Total number of countries served: 138 Volunteers Current number of Volunteers and Trainees:7,733 Gender:58% female, 42% male Marital Status:89% single, 10% married People of Color:15% of Peace Corps Volunteers Age:28 years old (average), 25 years old (median) Volunteers over age 50:6% (oldest Volunteer is 82) Education:97% have at least an undergraduate degree, 14% have graduate studies or degrees Current number of countries served:72