What is Peace Corps?

Peace Corps is a life-defining leadership experience in which American citizens go abroad for 27 months to enrich communities in the developing world with your skills and through cultural exchange.

The Peace Corps has been a leader in international development and citizen diplomacy for more than 50 years across more than 139 countries. In an increasingly interdependent world, we tackle challenges that know no borders—such as climate change, pandemic disease, food security, and gender equality and empowerment. Although times have changed since the Peace Corps' founding in 1961, the agency's mission—to promote world peace and friendship—has not. Today, the Peace Corps is more vital than ever, working in collaboration with partner organizations and using cutting-edge technologies and well-tested best practices to enhance impact.

Our more than 215,000 current and returned Volunteers know that the Peace Corps changes lives—both their own and the lives of people in communities around the world. They learn about leadership, ingenuity, self-reliance, and relationship building and become global citizens. Peace Corps Volunteers reflect the very best of humanity, innovation and aspiration for a better tomorrow. When they return home, they share their stories and experiences and give back to their own communities, helping to strengthen international ties and increase our global competitiveness.

There are many different types of positions available in the Peace Corps, covering six main sectors: Education, Health, Agriculture, Environment, Youth in Development and Community Economic Development.  Volunteers complete three months of training in their host country and then serve two years in their assigned community.  You must be at least 18 and a US citizen to qualify.  To learn about benefits, FAQS, or to view current job openings, visit