May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and Peace Corps is especially proud to recognize the work and contributions of all of our AAPI Volunteers do to spread peace around the world. “I’m proud to be in South Africa teaching people that America is just not […]
Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, nearly 220,000 Americans of all ages have served in 140 countries worldwide.
I knew Shalin Shah only briefly. But I can honestly say that Shalin was one of the most courageous, purpose-driven and extraordinary individuals I have ever met. Joining the Peace Corps is not for everyone. Being a Volunteer requires tremendous courage, a creative mind, and a caring heart. […]
Peace Corps Volunteers of all ages are called to serve overseas. During Older Americans Month, Peace Corps recognizes the work of its older Volunteers and the amazing contributions they all provide to communities around the world.
Peace Corps service teaches you so much about yourself, and it challenges you to get through situations that you might simply avoid in other contexts. Reflecting on the experience, I believe that the things you learn in Peace Corps really apply to any job you will ever have. […]
We arrive in Chiclayo in time for dinner – a boisterous affair with a half-dozen Peace Corps Volunteers, cabrito and tacu tacu and other local delicacies (notwithstanding the calzone that one Volunteer ordered) and, of course, the now-customary Marinera performance (though I don’t think I could ever tire of watching such expressive […]
Peace Corps Malawi was the most influential experience of my life. It was incredibly hard emotionally, and sometimes physically, but it exposed me to a new reality (one with a lot less artifice and window dressing) and allowed me to confront the truth of developing country life in […]
In Moche, a northern city best known for its rich history of pre-Inca civilization, our first stop is a freshly painted mural near the main city square. Rumor has it that a Peace Corps Volunteer has been painted into the scene – a colorful, elaborate tableau featuring community […]
I am so happy that this is a trip focused on Volunteer visits. Getting to meet with our amazing Cuerpo de Paz (as Peace Corps is known in Peru) Volunteers, seeing the tremendous passion they have for our mission and the love they feel for the communities they serve […]
I was last in Peru two and a half years ago – just a quick trip, mostly in and around the capital. Now, I am so excited to be back for a longer visit.
Did you know April is National Poetry Month? To celebrate, Peace Corps is holding its first ever poetry contest.