Founded by President John F. Kennedy, the Peace Corps was created to provide education and technical training to citizens of other countries and to foster crosscultural exchange. The Peace Corps is celebrating a 46-year legacy of service at home and abroad. Currently there are 8,000 Volunteers abroad, a 37-year high for Volunteers in the field. Since 1961, more than 190,000 Volunteers have helped promote a better understanding between Americans and the people of the 139 countries where Volunteers have served. Peace Corps Volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. There is no upper age ceiling for volunteers. Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment.
Mission: The Peace Corps' mission is to promote world peace and friendship.
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