Operated by the United States government, the Peace Corps is a volunteer program that is committed to helping people outside the United States in a variety of ways. The organization is dedicated to providing technical assistance to individuals across the world, as well as helping citizens of the United States understand the many cultures of other countries.
Volunteers with the Peace Corps serve in a wide range of capacities, including through assisting with non-profit organizations, schools, governments, non-government organizations, information technology, hunger business, the environment, agriculture, and entrepreneurs in education. After a period of 24 months, volunteers with the Peace Corps are eligible to request an extension of service with the organization.
The Peace Corps was established on March 1, 1961, through an Executive Order by President John F. Kennedy. The Executive Order that established the organization was authorized by the United States Congress on the 21st of September 1961.
Since its inception in 1961, almost 220,000 Americans have become Volunteers with the Peace Corps, serving in 140 different countries. The organization has a variety of initiatives, including the environment, eradicating malaria in Africa, education, and many others. At the time of this posts’ writing, the organization has a presence in 68 countries. Below is a list of some of the many countries that the Peace Corps operates within:
St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Jamaica, St. Lucia, the Dominican Republic, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and many more.
Sam Gray of Boulder currently serves in the Dominican Republic as a Peace Corps Volunteer.