The Peace Corps emerged in 1961 after President John F. Kennedy challenged Americans to serve abroad in the cause of peace and cross- cultural understanding. Since then,nearly 200,000 volunteers of all ages and ethnicities have served in 139 host countries. Among its many duties, the Peace Corps teaches English, promotes health awareness, advances an understanding of conservation issues in less economically developed nations, trains entrepreneurs in effective business practices and IT, and works with farmers to prevent soil erosion.
Volunteers are placed in countries where their skill sets are most needed. Before starting their assignments, volunteers get three months of in-country training, focusing on language, cross-cultural and technical skills, as well as on health and safety. The primary focus of Corps work is building the capacity of local communities to meet their own needs through sustainable activities. Volunteers work on projects related to agriculture, business, community development, education and health.
Open to high school graduates over 18 years of age. Qualifications vary, but previous volunteer experience and foreign language skills are a plus.
Phone: (800) 424-8580
Number of Interns: 101 or more
Academic Level: College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors, Recent College Graduates, Graduate Students