Peace Corps

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Peace Corps
- Peace Corps -

Peace corps logo16.svg
State level Federal authority
position Independent authority
Supervisory authority United States Department of State
founding March 1, 1961
Headquarters Washington, DC
Authority management Josephine (Jody) K. Olsen, Director
Servants 3,046 permanent + 7,671 volunteers
Web presence

The Peace Corps ( English Peace Corps ) is an independent authority (independent federal agency) of the United States of America . Its task is to stimulate mutual understanding with the inhabitants of other countries. The Peace Corps was established in 1961 on the initiative of John F. Kennedy and recognized by the US Congress as a permanent independent agency in the same year . The first director was Sargent Shriver (1961–1966).

The program arose as a result of the Cold War and, in the East-West conflict, served the goal of counteracting the Chinese and Soviet influence on other states and, after this time, both to help interested countries with trained specialists and to promote mutual understanding between Americans and To promote members of other peoples. More than 200,000 U.S. citizens have served in the Peace Corps to date.

The volunteer undertakes to work abroad for 24 months. During this time he will receive a scholarship adapted to his location to cover his living expenses and at the end of the 2 years he will receive a reintegration allowance of 8,000 US dollars. Current programs include operations against malaria and environmental protection, such as afforestation.

The current director of the Peace Corps has been Josephine (Jody) K. Olsen since February 2018, who worked for the Peace Corps in Sousse , Tunisia from 1966 to 1968 .

Countries of operations of the Peace Corps, current ones in blue and former ones in purple.


  • Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman: All You Need is Love. The Peace Corps and the Spirit of the 1960s. Paperback. Harvard University Press, Cambridge MA 2000, ISBN 0-674-00380-2 .

Web links

Commons : Peace Corps  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ( Memento from September 26, 2018 in the Internet Archive )
  2. 2010 Staff Directory mwN (English). Accessed June 12, 2010.
  3. Fast Facts (English). Accessed June 12, 2010.
  4. ^ Kelli Rogers: Peace Corps chief nomination met with widespread approval, relief. In: Devex. January 11, 2018, accessed March 1, 2019 .
  5. Steve Straehley: Director of the Peace Corps: Who Is Jody Olsen? In: January 19, 2018, accessed March 1, 2019 .