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Peace Corps Countries 2024

The Peace Corps is an independent agency and volunteer program. The Peace Corps is a “service opportunity for motivated changemakers to immerse themselves in a community abroad, working side by side with local leaders to tackle the most pressing challenges of our generation.” The agency is run by the U.S. government and provides international social and economic development assistance. The Peace Corps mission is to promote world peace and friend by fulfilling three goals:

  1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
  2. To promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
  3. To promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

The Peace Corps was established by Executive Order 10924 issued by President John F. Kennedy on March 1, 1961. On September 21, 1962, the order was authorized by Congress with the passage of the Peace Corps Act. The Peace Corps is a volunteer program. Volunteers are American citizens, usually with a college degree, who go through three months of training and then work abroad for two years. Since its inception, more than 235,000 volunteers have joined the Peace Corps and served in 141 countries around the world. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, all volunteers were evacuated from their posts around the world and there are currently no volunteers serving.

Initiatives

Illnesses

The Corps aims to educate the community on the different illnesses plaguing developing countries and what treatments can be sued to prevent these illnesses from spreading. Volunteers also often teach community members about modern agricultural practices and techniques to help them effectively produce food. One of these initiatives includes eradicating Malaria in Africa. This initiative was launched in 2011 and grew to include volunteers in 24 countries.

Environmental

The Corps also launched three major environmental programs. The protected areas management works with park staff and other programs to teach about resource conservation, preserving wildlife, and creating actives for raising revenue to protect the environment.The Environment Education or Awareness focuses on communities that have environmental issues with farming and income. Programs include teaching in schools about the environment, creating environmental groups, supporting forest and marine sustainability, crating ways to generate income, sanitation management, and educating farmers about soil conservation, vegetable farming, and forestry. Forestry helps communities conserve natural resources through education about flood control, creation of sustainable fuels, protection of biodiversity, and soil conservation.

Peace Corps Response

Created in 1996 as the Crisis Corps, the Peace Corps Response is modeled after the Emergency Response Network of Returned Peace Corps who were ready to respond to crises when needed. The name change to Peace Corps Response allowed the Peace Corps to respond to projects that were not at a crisis level. The Peace Corps Response deploys former volunteers on “high-impact” assignments. These volunteers receive the same allowances and benefits as their Peace Corps counterparts. The minimum qualifications for the Peace Corps Response include completing one year of Peace Corps service and medical and legal clearances.

Education

The Peace Corps has created resources, concluding test, lesson plans, and recordings, for U.S. and international teachers to teach 101 languages.

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Country
Years Active
Volunteers
Projects
Morocco1963-104Youth in Development
Zambia1994-104Agriculture, Education, Environment, and Health
Dominican Republic1962-96Education, Youth in Development, Community Economic Development
Colombia1961-1981, 2010-91Community Economic Development, Education
Paraguay1966-90Agriculture, Community Economic Development, Environment, Health
Philippines1961-1990, 1992-89Education, Environment, Youth in Development
Ecuador1962-88Education, Health, Youth in Development
Panama1963-1971, 1990-81Agriculture, Youth in Development, Environment, Health
Senegal1963-76Agriculture, Environment, Community Economic Development, Health, Feed the Future, President's Malaria Initiative, Youth in Development
Peru1962-1974, 2002-71Health, Community Economic Development
Costa Rica1963-65Community Economic Development, Education, Youth in Development
Cambodia2007-62Education
Mexico2004-55Environment, Education
Uganda1964-1972, 1991-1999, 2001-54Agriculture, Education, Health, President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, President's Malaria Initiative
Madagascar1993-2009, 2009-52Agriculture, Education, Health
Kenya1964-2014, 2019-50Education, Health
North Macedonia1996-50Community Economic Development, Education
Gambia1967-47Agriculture, Education, Health, Feed the Future
Albania1992-1997, 2003-47Health, Education, Community Economic Development
Lesotho1967-47Education, Health
Thailand1962-43Education, Youth in Development
Saint Lucia1961-43Education
Grenada1961-43Education
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines1961-43Education
Dominica1961-43Education
Fiji1968-1998, 2003-42Community Economic Development
Guyana1966-1971, 1995-41Education, Health, Environment
Botswana1966-1997, 2003-40Health, Education, President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief
Rwanda1975-1993, 2008-38Health, Education
Togo1962-38Education, Agriculture, Health
Tanzania1961-1969, 1979-36Agriculture, Education, Health, Feed the Future, President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, President's Malaria Initiative
Kyrgyzstan1993-36Education
Mongolia1991-36Education
Namibia1990-36Community Economic Development, Education, President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief
Ghana1961-35Agriculture, Education, Health
Cameroon1962-34Agriculture, Education, Health, President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, Small Project Assistance Program
Guatemala1963-34Health, Youth in Development, Agriculture, Community Economic Development
Benin1968-33Agriculture, Education, Health, President's Malaria Initiative
Belize1962-31Youth in Development, Education
Sierra Leone1962-1994, 2010-30Education, Health
Jamaica1962-28Education, Agriculture
Guinea1963-1966, 1969-1971, 1985-27Agriculture, Education, Health
South Africa1997-26Education, Health, President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief
Moldova1993-26Community Economic Development, Education, Health
Sri Lanka1962-1964, 1967-1970, 1983-1998, 2018-23Education
Georgia2001-20Community Economic Development, Education
Vietnam2022-18Education
Nepal1962-2004, 2012-17Education, Agriculture
Armenia1992-17Education, Youth in Development
Samoa1967-17Education
Indonesia1963-1965, 2010-16Education
Eswatini1969-1996, 2003-14Health, Youth in Development, President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief
Tonga1967-13Education
Malawi1963-1976, 1978-12Education, Environment, Health
Liberia1962-1990, 2008-10Education, Health
Montenegro2022-6Education
El Salvador1962-1980, 1993-2016, 2023-0Community Economic Development, Education, Youth Initiatives
Ethiopia1962-1977, 1995-1999, 2007-Agriculture, Education, Health
Ukraine1992-Education, Community Economic Development, Youth in Development, President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief
Mozambique1998-Education, Health, President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, President's Malaria Initiative
Comoros1988-1995, 2014-Education
Vanuatu1990-Education
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Country
Current Status
Active During
Total Volunteers Served
AfghanistanInactive1962-19791,645
AnguillaInactive
Antigua and BarbudaInactive
ArgentinaInactive1992-199438
AzerbaijanInactive2003-2016510
BahrainInactive1974-197968
BangladeshInactive1998-2006278
BarbadosInactive
BoliviaInactive1962-1971, 1990-20082,693
Bosnia and HerzegovinaInactive2000-200221
BrazilInactive1962-19814,128
BulgariaInactive1991-20131,296
Burkina FasoInactive1967-1987, 1995-20172,164
BurundiInactive1983-1993152
Cape VerdeInactive1988-2013527
Central African RepublicInactive1972-1996915
ChadInactive1966-1979, 1987-1990, 1990-1998, 2003-2006727
ChileInactive1961-1982, 1991-19982,089
ChinaInactive1993-20201,448
Cook IslandsInactive1982-199533
CyprusInactive1962-196429
Czech RepublicInactive1990-1997225
DR CongoInactive1970-19912,517
Equatorial GuineaInactive1988-199363
EritreaInactive1995-199886
EstoniaInactive1992-2002175
GabonInactive1963-1968, 1973-20051,457
Guinea-BissauInactive1988-1998176
HaitiInactive1982-1987, 1990-1991, 1996-2005503
HondurasInactive1962-20125,726
HungaryInactive1990-1997353
IndiaInactive1961-19764,308
IranInactive1962-19761,749
Ivory CoastInactive1962-1981, 1990-20031,530
JordanInactive1997-2002, 2004-2015600
KazakhstanInactive1993-20111,226
KiribatiInactive1974-2008491
LatviaInactive1992-2002217
LibyaInactive1966-1969297
LithuaniaInactive1992-2002219
MalaysiaInactive1962-19834,046
MaliInactive1971-2012, 2014-20152,672
MaltaInactive1970-1975, 1990-199826
Marshall IslandsInactive1966-1996149
MauritaniaInactive1966-1967, 1971-20111,256
MauritiusInactive1969-197648
MicronesiaInactive1966-20184,416
MontserratInactive
MyanmarInactive2016-202287
NicaraguaInactive1968-1979, 1991-20192,648
NigerInactive1962-20113,174
NigeriaInactive1961-1976, 1992-19952,092
NiueInactive1994-200219
OmanInactive1973-1983161
PakistanInactive1961-1967, 1988-1991521
Papua New GuineaInactive1981-2001698
PolandInactive1990-2001955
Republic Of The CongoInactive1991-1997136
RomaniaInactive1991-20131,261
RussiaInactive1992-2003722
Saint Kitts and NevisInactive
Sao Tome and PrincipeInactive1990-199661
SeychellesInactive1974-1995108
SlovakiaInactive1990-2002328
Solomon IslandsInactive1971-2000742
SomaliaInactive1962-1970355
South KoreaInactive1966-19812,060
SudanInactive1984-19865
SurinameInactive1995-2013428
TunisiaInactive1962-1996, 20132,124
TurkeyInactive1962-19711,457
TurkmenistanInactive1993-2013734
Turks and CaicosInactive
TuvaluInactive1977-199743
UruguayInactive1963-1973, 1991-1997338
UzbekistanInactive1992-2005761
VenezuelaInactive1962-19762,130
YemenInactive1973-1994559
ZimbabweInactive1991-2001365
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Peace Corps Countries 2024

How many countries is the Peace Corps in?

The Peace Corps is currently doing work in over 60 countries around the world. Historically, Peace Corps volunteers have served in 142 countries.

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