Indeed, we’re strongest when the face of America isn’t only a soldier carrying a gun but also a diplomat negotiating peace, a Peace Corps volunteer bringing clean water to a village, or a relief worker stepping off a cargo plane as floodwaters rise.Colin Powell
The Peace Corps has made an impact across the world since its foundation back in the 1960’s. Volunteers all over the United States travel across sea and land to their destinations to small villages and large cities, aiding in any way they can to help those in need. Peace Corps Week is all about saying thanks to those who offer their services to those in need.
History of Peace Corps Week
Peace Corps commemorates the establishment of the Peace Corps, founded by President John F. Kennedy back in 1961. This holiday celebrates all the volunteers that have placed themselves abroad, transforming communities through diplomacy and acts of service. Many volunteers go out on two to three years, and with their qualifications and skills, help out local communities in countries that are in need, ranging from education, economic development, environment, agriculture, and health. On average, 230,000 volunteers head out to countries all over the world to join the Peace Corps and because of the immense amount of people dedicated to service, this holiday is all about giving back.
Therefore, Peace Corps Week focuses on thanking those who have volunteered around the world and listening to their stories. Many volunteers find valuable experiences from their travels and learn about different perspectives from people all over the world. The main website hosts multiple events all over the country for their volunteers, including contests, video seminars, festivals, story slams, blog posts, and much more. Peace Corps Week aims to teach people about the differences volunteers make when they join the Peace Corps. All because two years can make a huge difference, where friends are made, homes are created, and transformations come to pass.
How to celebrate Peace Corps Week
If you or a loved one has joined the peace corps, enter one of the peace corps competitions to help others learn about your experiences abroad. If you are considering joining the peace corps, check out their main website to see what programs and opening they have for you and your loved ones to join. Share this holiday on your favorite social media websites using the hashtag #peacecorpsweek and let everyone know this week is all about the volunteers saving lives, educating people, and making a difference in the world.