Celebrated annually, Peace Corps Week commemorates March 1, 1961, the day that President John F. Kennedy established the agency. The celebratory week honors the important ways that the Peace Corps fosters connections and contributes to meaningful change - both in the United States and around the world.
Since 1961, at the invitation of foreign governments, more than 240,000 Americans have served the United States and countries around the globe as Peace Corps Volunteers. This past year, Volunteers returned to overseas communities for the first time since the global evacuation of Volunteers in 2020. Volunteers are working alongside community members to address the impacts of COVID-19 and climate change and to tackle local development priorities across the Peace Corps’ six programming sectors: Agriculture, Community Economic Development, Education, Environment, Health, and Youth in Development.
The theme of Peace Corps Week 2023 is “Connect with the World,” and the week’s activities will highlight and celebrate the lifelong connections fostered through the Peace Corps’ work. These connections lay the foundation for intercultural exchange, global collaboration, and lasting impact – all things that bring us closer to our audacious mission of world peace and friendship.
Whether you are considering applying to be a Peace Corps Volunteer for the first time, a returned Volunteer, or a long-time supporter, we hope you will connect with us and connect with the world this Peace Corps Week 2023. Peace Corps Week events, both in-person and virtual, can be found on our Peace Corps Events page.