Peace Corps Office

Welcome to the Peace Corps Office at NC State University!

The Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. From that inspiration grew an agency of the federal government devoted to world peace and friendship. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps to promote world peace and friendship. Volunteers live, learn, and work with a community overseas for 27 months, providing technical assistance in six program areas: education, youth and community development, health, business and information and communications technology, agriculture, and environment.

The Peace Corps' mission has three simple goals:

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

 

Over the past 50 years, 442 NC State graduates have served in the Peace Corps. Click here to learn more about continuing the legacy of Peace Corps and NC State.