“to promote world peace and friendship through a Peace Corps, which shall make available to interested countries and areas men and women of the United States qualified for service abroad and willing to serve, under conditions of hardship if necessary, to help peoples of such countries and areas in meeting their needs for trained manpower.
Kennedy elevated the Peace Corps from a weapon in the US, to a worldwide humanitarian mission in which he asked
“ to those people in the huts and villages of half the globe struggling to break the bonds of mass misery, we pledge our best efforts to help them help themselves, for whatever period is required-not because the Communists may be doing it, not because we seek their votes, but because its right.
“ We went abroad to help Asians, Africans, and Latin Americans develop their resources and become free people. Once abroad, we discovered that we were part of the US worldwide pacification program. We found the US projects in these countries are designed to achieve political control and economic exploitation: to build an Empire for the US. As volunteers we were part of that strategy; we were the Marines in velvet gloves.
S ince the Peace Corps began in 1961, more than 170,000 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in 137 countries. Of these dedicated men and women, 264 have sacrificed not only their energies and time, but also their lives while pursuing the Peace Corps mission.
August 1962 President Kennedy greets Peace Corps Volunteers
Peace Corps Volunteer Ida Shoatz at the Pisac Market
1 st Director of Peace Corps R. Sargent Shriver leads Peace Corps Volunteers
Peace Corps Volunteer Arthur Young in Tanzania
When was the Peace Corps Act Signed? What did this Act State? What were draft dodgers? What were some of the downfalls for the volunteers of the Peace Corps during the Vietnam War? What was JFK’s purpose of the Peace Corps? What was Kennedys famous words? What countries were interested in the Peace Corps and why?