Recent Event Highlights: Kosovo Program Launch, Volunteer Project Honored at White House , First Class of Peace Corps Global Health Service Partnership Volunteers, Peace Corps Volunteers Create Mobile Language Application , Women in the Peace Corps Video, First Nepal Group Sworn In , and 61 more...
Created by peacecorps on Dec 1, 2010
Last updated: 10/29/13 at 04:56 PM
The Peace Corps announces an agreement that will bring Peace Corps volunteers to the Republic of Kosovo, representing the agency’s 140th country of service since its establishment in 1961. The announcement was made during an official signing ceremony at the Office of the President in Pristina, Kosovo.
South Africa Peace Corps volunteer Aimee Edmondo is working with an international team of volunteers, led by returned Peace Corps volunteer Craig Michael Lie Njie, to create and implement a multi-platform application that links patients in rural communities with real-time information about the availability of medications at their local clinics. The innovative project was highlighted as part of a White House event honoring open government and civic hacking “Champions of Change.”
Thirty U.S. doctors and nurses from across the country were sworn in at the White House as the first class of Peace Corps Global Health Service Partnership volunteers. The new volunteers will depart for one-year assignments as medical or nursing educators in Tanzania, Malawi and Uganda, where they will work alongside local faculty to train the next generation of healthcare professionals.
Peace Corps announces that the agency will begin accepting applications from same-sex domestic partners who want to serve together as volunteers overseas. Expanding service opportunities to same-sex domestic partners who want to volunteer together further diversifies the pool of Peace Corps applicants and the skills of those invited to serve overseas in the fields of education, health, community economic development, environment, youth in development and agriculture.
Peace Corps volunteers, working closely with Zambian software developers, develop a mobile application that will translate English words and phrases into one of seven languages spoken in Zambia. Bantu Babel is now available for Android compatible devices in the Google Play store. The app is intended to help Peace Corps volunteers, international aid workers, and host country nationals communicate more effectively.
In celebration of Women's History Month, Peace Corps created a video titled "Women in the Peace Corps: Making a Difference Since 1961" to honor the women who have served.
The first Peace Corps volunteers to re-enter Nepal after an eight-year absence were sworn in as agriculture and nutrition volunteers at the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu.
The Peace Corps' Office of Innovation announces the launch of the Peace Corps Innovation Challenge, a worldwide collaboration to develop technology-based solutions to local community problems in developing countries.
Peace Corps/South Africa volunteers collaborate with Special Olympics staff and community members to organize the inaugural Special Olympics Africa Unity Cup with 15 soccer teams in Phokeng, South Africa. Teams from Botswana, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia participated in the tournament.
Peace Corps has releases a new radio public service announcement (PSA) featuring the voices and experiences of real Peace Corps volunteers. The spot, entitled “Degrees,” features returned Peace Corps volunteers sharing how their skills and education helped improve the lives of people all over the world. The new PSA is designed to inspire the next generation of Peace Corps volunteers and increase awareness of volunteer opportunities overseas.
renowned Grammy®-winning artist and philanthropist, Alicia Keys, selected the top four thought-provoking images for the Peace Corps AIDS-Free Generation Photo Contest. As co-founder and global ambassador for Keep a Child Alive, Keys is dedicated to improving the lives of children and their families living with AIDS.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia delivers remarks on the importance of the Peace Corps program in Liberia at Peace Corps headquarters. President Sirleaf discussed how the Peace Corps is helping Liberia to enhance its educational system, particularly in the post-conflict era.
Peace Corps Response welcomes 73-year-old Dorothy Burrill as the first non-returned Peace Corps volunteer to serve in the expanded program. Burrill begins her six-month Peace Corps Response service in Jamaica, working with the ministry of education to develop an anti-bullying program with schools and other community stakeholders that work with at-risk youth in the Kingston area.
The Peace Corps, the U.S. Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and the Global Health Service Corps launch an innovative public-private partnership to place nurses, physicians and other health professionals as adjunct faculty in medical or nursing schools overseas. The Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) will address health professional shortages by investing in capacity and building support for existing medical and nursing education programs in less developed countries. Participants will serve in the Peace Corps Response program for one-year assignments.
Peace Corps announces the expansion of the Peace Corps Response program to allow Americans with at least 10 years of work experience and required language skills to apply for positions overseas. Peace Corps Response, which offers short-term, specialized volunteer assignments, has historically only been available to returned Peace Corps volunteers.
Peace Corps and U.S. Agency for International Development sign an inter-agency agreement to re-establish a Peace Corps program in Nepal after a seven-year absence from the country.
President Obama signed into law the Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act of 2011, codifying a number of the reforms the Peace Corps has put into place to better protect and support Volunteers. The Act is named in honor of Kate Puzey, a Peace Corps volunteer who died while serving in Benin in 2009.
The Peace Corps and Grassroot Soccer (GRS) announce a new partnership to educate, inspire, and mobilize young people around the world to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS. Through the strengthened collaboration, Peace Corps volunteers will implement soccer-based HIV/AIDS education programs in their local communities.
The Peace Corps and AARP announce a new relationship to encourage more service opportunities in the United States and abroad for older Americans.
Thirteen thought provoking, creative photos were chosen as winners of the Peace Corps' 50th anniversary photo contest.
The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presented a concert honoring the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps. The concert featured a performance by world renowned Senegalese artist Youssou N'Dour. In addition to sharing Senegalese culture, the event highlighted Peace Corps Volunteers' work in malaria prevention and education in western Africa. The Peace Corps is proud to have partnered with the Kennedy Center, a living memorial to President Kennedy, the Peace Corps' founder. View the entire performance
This summer the Peace Corps was one of three featured programs at the free Smithsonian Folklife Festival. This curated exhibition was one of the highlights of the Peace Corps' 50th Anniversary commemorative activities. We were delighted to be part of an event that has been a summer staple in our nation's capitol for 44 years.
Peace Corps launches its Stomping Out Malaria in Africa initiative at a World Malaria Day event at Peace Corps Headquarters in Washington DC. The initiative mobilizes more than 3,000 Peace Corps Volunteers across the continent to make lasting impacts on malaria treatment and prevention. Partnering with the President's Malaria Initiative and Malaria No More, specially trained Peace Corps volunteers and staff are proud to be part of the international team to end malaria.
Remarks given by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a reception honoring Peace Corps' 50th anniversary. Full Transcript
During a Loret Miller Ruppe Speaker Series event at Peace Corps Headquarters honoring Sargent Shriver and the founding of Peace Corps, Tim Shriver delivered these welcoming remarks. Photos
On March 5, 2011, Peace Corps presented the JFK Service Award to six individuals in Boston, MA at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.
Award recipients : Chris Fontanesi, Frances Asturias, Joe Carroll Jaycox, Kathryn Davies Clark, Mostafa Lamqaddam, and Robert Ferguson
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On March 5, 2011, this video debuted at the Kennedy Library in Boston in commemoration of Peace Corps' 50th anniversary. The video features Peace Corps Director Aaron Williams, original Peace Corps staff members, and Peace Corps Volunteers who served throughout the past five decades. Rare archival film footage and photographs, current field footage, and first-hand accounts illustrate the legacy of the Peace Corps.
Peace Corps commemorates 50 years of promoting world peace and friendship by honoring the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s signing of Executive Order 10924, formally establishing the Peace Corps.
Sargent Shriver Nov. 9, 1915 - Jan. 18, 2011 “The Peace Corps represents some, if not all, of the best virtues in this society. It stands for everything that America has ever stood for. It stands for everything we believe in and hope to achieve in the world.” - Sargent Shriver Visit A Tribute to Sargent Shriver
This latest PSA features a string of short conversations that unfold throughout a Volunteer's daily interactions as he shares his experience with friends, family, and others. These vignettes represent what many Returned Volunteers feel as they return from their service overseas and have life-defining experiences, accomplishments, and stories to share. Media Companies can order this video at http://www.peacecorps.gov/psa/tv
More Americans are serving as Peace Corps volunteers than there have been since 1970, when more than 9,000 volunteers were working in 59 countries. As of September 30, 2010, 8,655 Peace Corps volunteers are serving in 77 host countries.
FOX 2 News in Detroit aired this story on October 14, 2010 to recognize the anniversary of Kennedy's 1960 speech in Ann Arbor.
Peace Corps re-opens three historic programs in Colombia, Indonesia, and Sierra Leone and surpasses the 200,000 mark in total Americans who have served overseas with the Peace Corps. Photo: Sierra Leone Video: NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams aired this story in October 2010 as part of the network's continuing coverage of the Peace Corps' return to Sierra Leone.
Meet a few of the hundreds of staff members who support Peace Corps Volunteers from our Washington DC headquarters. These staff members -- many of whom are Returned Volunteers -- support our Volunteers serving in host communities and help spread the Peace Corps' mission of world peace and friendship.
Director Aaron S. Williams announces the launch of Peace Corps' Digital Library - a searchable collection of electronic Peace Corps materials from 1961 to the present - and invites current and returned Peace Corps volunteers (RPCVs) to share their unique service experiences through firsthand narratives and personal photos. Visit the Peace Corps Digital Library at http://collection.peacecorps.gov/
President Barack Obama signs H.R. 3288 – an omnibus appropriations package that includes $400 million for Peace Corps operations in fiscal year 2010, the agency’s largest budget appropriation from Congress.
Joseph Acaba becomes the first former Volunteer to perform a spacewalk as a mission specialist educator aboard Space Shuttle Discovery's STS-119. He is also the first person to fly the Peace Corps flag in space. Joe Acaba served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic (1994-96).
After the 1994 genocide, Peace Corps returns to Rwanda where Volunteers begin working in secondary education and HIV/AIDS education and prevention.
Peace Corps enters online social media when it launches its Twitter account. YouTube (July '09) Facebook (August '09) and Flickr (February '10) soon follow. YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/peacecorps Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/peacecorps Flickr - http://www.flickr.com/photos/peacecorps
This public service announcement features a series of Americans, from diverse walks of life, who hear the calling to become Peace Corps Volunteers. Narrated by Ricardo Chavira, who currently stars as Carlos Solis on the ABC show "Desperate Housewives." Ricardo's parents served together as Peace Corps Volunteers in Peru from 1966-1968.
For the first time, Volunteers are deployed domestically when Peace Corps Response assists the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s relief operations in the Gulf Coast region following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
The agency launches a new national marketing campaign to reacquaint Americans with the Peace Corps. It is called, "Life is calling. How far will you go?"
Then first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan dedicate the Peace Corps' new building on 20th Street in Washington, D.C. From Left to Right: Peace Corps Director Mark Gearan, First Lady Hillary Clinton, Sargent Shriver and Queen Noor cut the ribbon at Peace Corps building dedication.
Following apartheid, the first group of 33 Peace Corps volunteers arrive in South Africa.
The Peace Corps celebrates its 35th anniversary. Nearly 7,000 Volunteers are serving in 94 developing countries.
Peace Corps sends three Volunteers to Antigua to rebuild homes damaged by Hurricane Luis. This pilot originally known as Crisis Corps is now called Peace Corps Response, a program that provides short-term humanitarian service to countries worldwide. For more information on Peace Corps Response, visit http://www.peacecorps.gov/response
In 1995, Peace Corps Volunteers in Romania create the first Camp GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) to address the unique challenges that local young women face. Today, Peace Corps Volunteers in over 60 posts worldwide are empowering young women by organizing Camp GLOW programs that encourage self confidence, challenge campers to think beyond traditional gender roles, and address the unique societal and health issues that young women face in their communities.
Carol Bellamy, a returned Peace Corps Volunteer from Guatemala, becomes the first returned Peace Corps Volunteer to serve as Peace Corps Director 1993-1995). She is followed by Mark Schneider, who served in El Salvador (Director from 1999-2001); Ronald Tschetter, who served in India (Director from 2006-2008); and Aaron Williams, who served in the Dominican Republic (Director from 2009-Present).
The first group of Volunteers to serve as English teachers in China arrives in-country.
The first group of Peace Corps Volunteers to serve in Central and Eastern Europe depart for Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, and the Slovak Republic. (1990)