As an organization, Peace Corps is geared towards young college graduates, but a few years ago they started actively recruiting mature adults. The medium age of Peace Corps Volunteers is 28, with the percentage of adults 50+ right around 7%.
Has anyone ever died in the Peace Corps?
Deaths in the Peace Corps are relatively rare, and often occur as a result of an accident or injuries. Including Ms. Heiderman, nine volunteers have died in the past three years.
Who typically served in the Peace Corps?
Kennedy in March 1961 and authorized by Congress on September 22, 1961 with passage of the Peace Corps Act (75 Stat. 612). Volunteers are American citizens, typically with a college degree, who work abroad for a period of two years after three months of training.
What are the requirements for Peace Corps?
To be eligible for Peace Corps service, you must be at least 18 years of age and a U.S. citizen. 3-6 months of full-time experience with a large-scale commercial or family-run business involving vegetable gardening, farming, nursery work, tree planting and care, urban forestry, or fisheries work.
Is Peace Corps actually helpful?
The Peace Corps is remarkably effective at cleaning up the messes those volunteers make and getting them back to the United States before local authorities step in. Whats less clear is the Peace Corps overall impact on peoples impressions and understandings of the United States.