You may know that the Peace Corps is a volunteer organization that works to help people overseas, or that serving in it looks impressive on a resume, but what else? After reading these interesting and little known Peace Corps facts, you’ll know plenty.
Interesting Peace Corps Fact #1
Did you know that most of the volunteers with the Peace Corps are actually female? Their most recent fact sheet from September, 2013 showed that only 37% of those who were volunteers with The Peace Corps were male.
Interesting Fact #2
In 2013 almost 50% of Peace Corps Volunteers ended up working in Africa, with a focus on Health, HIV/AIDS prevention, education, agriculture, and the environment. Other current areas of service included Europe, Asia, Latin America, The Caribbean, The Pacific Islands, and the Middle East. Through out history Peace Corps volunteers have served in 139 countries.
Interesting Fact #3
It was in June of 1966 that more Peace Corps Volunteers were serving at once than at any other time in history, at 15,000. Two years earlier, the Peace Corps was featured on the front of National Geographic Magazine, which may have lent a hand to the huge spike in popularity, but some believe that so many people were willing to volunteer to avoid being drafted to Vietnam.
Interesting Fact #4
You are never too old to join the Peace Corps. President Jimmy Carter’s mother, Lillian Carter, joined the Peace Corps and headed off to India as a public health volunteer when she was 68 years old. However, each applicant must pass a medical qualification before being allowed to volunteer. Right now, the number of older members is at an all time high, with 8% out of 7,209 over the age of 50.
Interesting Fact #5
There are more volunteers working in the education field than in any other Peace Corps work area, at 40%. In second place is Health with 22%, followed respectively by environment, economic development, youth in development, agriculture, and other.
Interesting Fact #6
While work with the Peace Corps is Volunteer and there is no pay, all costs of travel, shelter, and food are covered for the length of service. Volunteers also receive full dental and health benefits. At the end of the 27 month service term, they receive $7,425 to help with the transition back into “normal living”.
Sources: Peace Corps Fast Facts- Peace Corps
Peace Corps Milestones- Peace Corps