John F. Kennedy

Peace Corps

The Peace Corps is a volunteer program run by the United States government. The stated mission of the Peace Corps includes providing technical assistance, helping people outside the United States to understand American culture, and helping Americans to understand the cultures of other countries. The work is generally related to social and economic development. Each program participant, a Peace Corps Volunteer, is an American citizen, typically with a college degree who works abroad for a period of two years after three months of training.

Volunteers work with governments, schools, non-profit organizations, non-government organizations, and entrepreneurs in education, hunger business, information technology, agriculture, and the environment. After 24 months of service, volunteers can request an extension of service.

The program was established by Executive Order 10924, issued by John F. Kennedy on March 1, 1961, announced by televised broadcast March 2, 1961, and authorized by Congress on September 21, 1961, with passage of the Peace Corps Act.

From 1961 to 2015, nearly 220,000 Americans have joined the Peace Corps and have served in 140 countries.


  • Born on May 29, 1917, in Brookline, Massachusetts, John F. Kennedy served in both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate before becoming the 35th president in 1961. As president, Kennedy faced a number of foreign crises, especially in Cuba and Berlin, but managed to secure such achievements as the Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty and the Alliance for Progress. On November 22, 1963, Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas.


  • For time and the world do not stand still. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past, or the present, are certain to miss the future.
  • Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.
  • We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.

Allience for Progress

The Allience for Progress initiated by John F. Kennedy in 1961 aimed to establish economic cooperation between the U.S. and Latin America.

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