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Peace Corps

  • By: Lezlie C. Morinière
  • In: Encyclopedia of Disaster Relief
  • Edited by: K. Bradley Penuel & Matt Statler
  • Subject:Public Health (general), Public Policy (general)

Since 1961, the U.S. Peace Corps (USPC) has sent nearly 200,000 American volunteers to developing countries to help build disaster-resilient communities through a large variety of sectors, while promoting cultural exchange and understanding. In 1995, a new component was developed inside the Peace Corps: the Crisis Corp, which capitalizes on the experiences of returned volunteers for short-term, high-intensity missions in humanitarian response. Currently folded into a larger Peace Corps Response program providing assistance through many phases of disaster risk management, over 1,000 Crisis Corps volunteers have served in more than 40 nations.

Proposed by Senator John F. Kennedy in 1960, the USPC has provided generations of Americans the opportunity to promote peace through cultural exchange in developing countries across the globe. Since the design orchestrated ...

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