50th Anniversary PC Facts

2011 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps’ founding (thanks, JFK!). Worldwide celebrations are already beginning. The PC-Ukraine Country Director included these factoids in his most recent monthly letter to Ukraine PCVs (facts come from http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/150/peace-be-with-you.html).
·       The FIRST group of volunteers, 51 strong, arrived in Ghana on August 30, 1961.
·       Since 1961, more than 200,000 Americans have served in the Peace Corps.
·       7,671 volunteers were serving in the summer of 2010 in the Corps.  In 1966, there were more than 15,000 in the field.
·       The Peace Corps’ operating budget this fiscal year is $400 MILLION, about 1% of the federal government’s foreign-operations budget.
·       Peace Corps volunteers here been trained in more than 250 local languages.
·       60% of ACTIVE Corps members are women.
·       Today, the Corps works in 77 Countries Over its history, the organization has served in 139 nations.
·       Netflix CEO Reed Hastings did a Peace Corps stint teaching math in Swaziland.
·       More than 60 universities including Cornell, Johns Hopkins, and Virginia, participate in the master’s international program, which combines a tour in the Peace Corps with a master’s-degree curriculum.
·       SIX current members of congress-Senator Christopher Dodd as well as FIVE Representatives-are returned volunteers.
·       28% of applicants to the Peace Corps are subsequently invited to serve. 7% of Peace Corps volunteers serve with their spouse.
·       The average age of a Peace Corps volunteer is 28. 14% are over the age of 30 while 7% are over 50.
·       The oldest volunteer in Peace Corps history was Arthur Goodfriend of Honolulu, who was 87 when he completed his second tour in Hungary in 1994.
·       The Oldest current volunteer is 86 and working in Morocco.
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