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Best Thing Since Sliced Bread: the Peace Corps


Kennedy Signs Executive Order 10924

March 1, 1961- Within weeks of his inauguration, President Kennedy Signs Executive Order 10924, establishing the Peace Corps on a temporary pilot basis.


First Group of Volunteers Embark on a Mission

August 30, 1961- The first group of 51 volunteers arrived in Accra to serve as teachers.


28 countries become host countries

June 30, 1962-Programs began in 28 host countries: Afghanistan, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Honduras, Iran, Jamaica, Liberia, Malaysia, Nepal, Niger, Peru, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Senegal, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, and Venezuela. Which resulted in 2,816 volunteers in the field.


Peace Corps started their partnership program

April 1964- This program allows people to donate money and resources to the Peace Corps and learn more about the program.


Peace Corps Becomes an Independent Federal Agency

December 29, 1981-Peace Corps is no longer a part of ACTION and becomes its own agency.


SPA is established

January 1983- The Small Project Assistance program has supported small, community-initiated grants and has facilitated technical assistance and training activities. Today, SPA funds activities in over 40 Peace Corps posts.


Camp GLOW is created

1995- Camp GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) was created. Today, Peace Corps Volunteers in over 60 posts worldwide are empowering young women. These camps not only encourage self confidence, but they also challenge campers to think beyond traditional gender roles, and address the unique societal and health issues that young women face in their communities.


Peace Corps Response is Created

1995- In what started out by 3 volunteers going to Antigua after Hurricane Luis, has now become a program that provides short term humanitarian service to countries worldwide.


Peace Corps enter the world of social media

January 2009-Peace Corps joins the inline world by starting a twitter account. Which, shortly after, is followed by a youtube and Facebook account.


$400 million

December 16, 2009-President Barack Obama signs H.R. 3288 that includes $400 million for Peace Corps operations in fiscal year 2010, the agency’s largest budget appropriation from Congress.


Stomping Out Malaria in Africa

April 25, 2011-Partnering with the President's Malaria Initiative and Malaria No More, Peace Corps launchd their Stomping Out Malaria in Africa initiative on World Malaria Day. Which allowed 3,000 Peace Corps Volunteers from across the continent to advance in malaria treatment and prevention.


Peace Corps Partnering with AARP

November 14, 2011- The partnership encourages more service opportunities in the United States and abroad for older Americans


Peace Corps launch the Global Health Service Partnership

March 12, 2013- This partnership places nurses, physicians and other health professionals in medical or nursing schools overseas. It addresses health professional shortages by building support for existing medical and nursing education programs in less developed countries.


Peace Corps Launched Innovation Challenge

October 25, 2013- In order to develop technology based solutions to local community problems in developing countries the Peace Corps launched the Innovation Challenge.


Volunteers Create a Language Translating App

April 1, 2013- Zambian software developers and volunteers made an app that could translate English phrases into languages spoken in Zambia. The app is intended to help Peace Corps volunteers, international aid workers, and host country nationals communicate more effectively.


Service Opportunities for Same Sex Couples Become Available

May 21, 2013- The Peace Corps announced that they would begin accepting applications from same-sex domestic partners who want to serve together as volunteers overseas. Expanding service opportunities so all people who want to volunteer together have the opportunity to do so further diversified the Peace Corps applicants and the skills they had to offer.