Thousands of Americans have served as Peace Corps Volunteers since the organization was founded in the 1960s. Here, Volunteer Shaniece Criss celebrates the end of a productive meeting in Guyana with other members of the Health Communication Team.

Photograph courtesy the Peace Corps
  • On September 22, 1961, President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps. The program was founded to encourage greater understanding between Americans and the rest of the world. The Peace Corps has three major goals: providing technical assistance, helping people outside the United States understand American culture, and helping Americans understand the cultures of other countries.

    Each year, the Peace Corps sends thousands of volunteers to live and work in developing countries. Peace Corps Volunteers work in areas as diverse as education, agriculture, and health care.

  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    agriculture Noun

    the art and science of cultivating the land for growing crops (farming) or raising livestock (ranching).

    Encyclopedic Entry: agriculture
    culture Noun

    learned behavior of people, including their languages, belief systems, social structures, institutions, and material goods.

    diverse Adjective

    varied or having many different types.

    encourage Verb

    to inspire or support a person or idea.

    establish Verb

    to form or officially organize.

    Peace Corps Noun

    organization that sends volunters to underdeveloped countries to work with industrial, agricultural, educational, and health programs.

    volunteer Noun

    person who performs work without being paid.