Survey Results Are In: Peace Corps’ Impact Over 50 Years
By Molly Mattessich on Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
A Call to Peace: Perspectives of Volunteers on the Peace Corps at 50 – A report on the largest independent survey ever conducted to assess the impact of the Peace Corps over its 50 year history and beyond
How did serving in the Peace Corps change the direction of your life?
What motivated you to leave the United States for two years to serve in a developing country with the Peace Corps?
Why should the Peace Corps expand? Why not?
To find out the answer to these questions, the National Peace Corps Association and Civic Enterprises asked the people who know Peace Corps best: the returned Volunteers themselves. We received an overwhelming response from 11,000 participants - over 5% of all people who served as Peace Corps Volunteers. This data will be instrumental in helping to shape the priorities for the Peace Corps and the U.S. government for generations to come.
Download the report, A Call to Peace:
Peace as the Overriding Purpose
- 80% said their service was effective in promoting a better understanding of Americans in the communities where they served and an almost equal number said their service helped promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans
- 59% said their service was effective in helping other communities meet their need for trained workers
A Transformative Experience
- 90% of RPCVs rated their Peace Corps experience as excellent or very good
- 98% would recommend the Peace Corps to their child, grandchild or other close family member
Certainly, the Peace Corps is not just a two year experience, but one that impacts not only communities but individuals for the rest of their lives. During the 50th Anniversary year of the Peace Corps, there is no better time than now to ask where the Peace Corps has been, and the direction that it should take for the next 50 years.
What do YOU think? Do you agree with the survey? Read the survey results now and use the comments space below to share your own thoughts and experiences.
- Read an op-ed by the lead authors in the Huffington Post: A Call to Peace
- Read about A Call to Peace on the White House Office of Public Engagement Blog.
- See what the Chronicle of Philanthropy has to say.
Find ways to take action in support of the Peace Corps and the ServiceWorld.org international service campaign on our Advocacy page.
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This report was generously supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Case Foundation, the MCJ Amelior Foundation, AARP, the Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, and the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.