Fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy challenged college students at the University of Michigan to promote peace around the world by living and working in developing countries. The result of his challenge? The formation of the Peace Corps!
We guess you could call his challenge a smashing success – since its founding in 1961, 200,000 Americans have served in the Peace Corps in 139 countries doing things like teaching, working on HIV/AIDS prevention and care programs, and helping communities deal with nutrition and food challenges.
And at this very moment, more than 8,650 Peace Corps volunteers are serving in 77 countries. And to celebrate this golden anniversary, Peace Corps staffers and former volunteers are getting involved in community-service projects throughout the US, as well as around the world.
Cheers to you, Peace Corps! Have a very happy birthday!
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