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The Peace Corps "is an American volunteer program run by the United States Government, as well as a governmental agency of the same name. Each program participant, or Peace Corps Volunteer, is an American citizen who commits to working abroad in an assignment for the organization for a period of twenty-seven months. Generally, the work to be performed is related to international development. Specialties include education, business, information technology, agriculture, and the environment. In addition to its mandate of providing technical assistance in these areas, Peace Corps is also charged with increasing mutual international understanding. The mission of the Peace Corps includes three goals, which are providing technical assistance, helping people outside the United States understand the culture of the United States, and helping United States people understand the cultureof other countries.
It was established by Executive Order 10924 on March 1, 1961, and authorized by Congress on September 22, 1961, with passage of the Peace Corps Act (Public Law 87-293). The Peace Corps Act declares the purpose of the Peace Corps to be:
"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."
Since 1961, nearly 200,000 Americans have joined the Peace Corps, serving in 139 countries.
For the full list of countries where the Peace Corps are (were) serving, please see: www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=learn.whatispc.history.countries
The flag of the Peace Corps is the logo (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:US-PeaceCorps-Logo.svg) on the following pictures:
www.peacecorps.gov/images/learn/wherepc/africa/ghana/ghana_pc_flag.jpg (both pictures taken in June 2009).
For more please visit Peace Corps (official website): www.peacecorps.gov/
Esteban Rivera, 10 January 2010