President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961. When I was a young adult, I had a fleeting flirtation with the idea of joining the Peace Corps. I didn't follow through but I do remember entertaining the thought. When the Peace Corps began it was meant to be an exchange of cultural ideas between countries. Americans were to be ambassadors for promoting understanding between different cultures and offering assistance on a volunteer basis.
The Peace Corps Act passed by Congress states the following as its purpose and mission:
To promote world peace and friendship through a Peace Corps, which shall make available to interested countries and areas men and women of the United States qualified for service abroad and willing to serve, under conditions of hardship if necessary, to help the peoples of such countries and areas in meeting their needs for trained manpower.
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