General Information

Headquartered in
Washington DC

Contact Information

  • Address: Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Headquarters 1111 20th Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20526
  • Tel: 855.855.1961

Online Presence

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The Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. From that inspiration grew an agency of the federal government devoted to world peace and friendship.

Since that time, 210,000+ Peace Corps Volunteers have served in 139 host countries to work on issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation.

Today's Peace Corps is more vital than ever, working in emerging and essential areas such as information technology and business development, and contributing to the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Peace Corps Volunteers continue to help countless individuals who want to build a better life for themselves, their children, and their communities.

The Peace Corps' mission has three simple goals:

-Helping the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.

-Helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.

-Helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

More than 750 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in China since the program was established in 1993. Currently, 162 Volunteers serve in China. Volunteers work in the area of education. Volunteers are trained and work in Mandarin Chinese.