The Peace Corps was established in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy to give Americans the opportunity to serve abroad. Since 1961, almost a quarter of a million Americans have served as Volunteers around the world, using their skills and experiences to work with local communities in Agriculture, Community Economic Development, Environment, Health, Youth and Development, and Education.
The Peace Corps does not drop Volunteers into a country with no training. Instead, PCVs go through 3 months of intensive technical, cultural, and language training before being Sworn-In, and beginning their two years of service. Volunteers (and trainees) are expected to:
- Prepare your personal and professional life to make a commitment to serve abroad for a full term of 27 months.
- Commit to improving the quality of life of the people with whom you live and work and, in doing so, share your skills, adapt them, and learn new skills as needed.
- Serve where the Peace Corps asks you to go, under conditions of hardship if necessary, and with the flexibility needed for effective service.
- Recognize that your successful and sustainable development work is based on the local trust and confidence you build by living in, and respectfully integrating yourself into, your host community and culture.
- Recognize that you are responsible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your personal conduct and professional performance.
- Engage with host country partners in a spirit of cooperation, mutual learning, and respect.
- Work within the rules and regulations of the Peace Corps and the local national laws of the country where you serve.
- Exercise judgement and personal responsibility to protect your health, safety, and well-being and that of others.
- Recognize that you will be perceived, in your host country and community, as a representative of the people, cultures, values, and traditions of the United States of America.
- Represent responsibly the people, cultures, values, and traditions of your host country and community to people in the United States both during and following your service.
What Do Peace Corps Volunteers Do?
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All information found on this page can also be found on the Peace Corps Website. This information is provided for education purposes only. Including the core expectations and Peace Corps mission on this website does not imply endorsement by the Peace Corps or the U.S. Government. It is merely provided to explain Peace Corps projects around the world. If there are any issues with the content on this page, please get in touch using the Congact page.