Peace Corps volunteers

A profile of who volunteers -- and the impact the service has on their education and professional development



What happens to former volunteers, who were predominantly in their 20s when they served overseas, as they continue their education and establish professional careers.

Studies ofPeace Corps volunteers

An updated version of this article is now at htttp:// More than 190,000 volunteers have served in 139 countries since the inception of the Peace Corps in 1961.

Three major studies have been funded by the Peace Corps in its history – the first by the Harris polling organization in 1969; the second in 1977; and the latest in 1996 as part of a graduate thesis by Juanita Graul and the Peace Corps. At least 23 other narrower studies have been done of volunteers and they are summarized in the section, “Other studies of RPCVs”.