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The 55th Anniversary of the Peace Corps

On March 1, 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced the creation of the Peace Corps. “Through the Peace Crops, President John F. Kennedy sought to encourage mutual understanding between Americans and people of other nations and cultures.” (https://www.jfklibrary.org/JFK/JFK-in-History/Peace-Corps.aspx)  “The Peace Corps is a service opportunity for motivated changemakers to immerse themselves in a community abroad, working side by side with local leaders to tackle the most pressing challenges of our generation.” (https://www.peacecorps.gov/about/)

The Peace Corps Mission is to promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:

  1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.

  2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.

  3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Read more about the Peace Corps here:

50 Years of Amazing Peace Corps Stories

One Hand Does Not Catch A Buffalo    Gather the Fruit One by One    A Small Key Opens Big Doors    Even the Smallest Crab Has Teeth

The Insider's Guide to the Peace Corps: What to Know Before You GoThe Insider's Guide to the Peace Corps
by Dillon Bannerjee

When the World Calls: The Inside Story of the Peace Corps and Its First
Fifty Years 
by Stanley MeislerWhen the World Calls

From Microsoft to Malawi: Learning on the Front Lines as a Peace Corps
by Michael L. Buckler

From Microsoft to Malawi

For children:

The Peace CorpsThe Peace Corps by Terry Hastings

The Peace CorpsThe Peace Corps by Anastasia Suen

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