A Better, Bolder Peace Corps

Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet and NPCA President Glenn Blumhorst sign a memorandum of understanding at Peace Corps Connect - Nashville.

Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet and NPCA President Glenn Blumhorst sign a memorandum of understanding at Peace Corps Connect – Nashville.

Given that there are roughly half the number of Peace Corps volunteers serving our nation compared to the more than 15,000 who served in 1966, and given that many countries continue to request more volunteers or new Peace Corps programs, the National Peace Corps Association continues to strongly support initiatives to grow and expand the Peace Corps.

At the same time, the Peace Corps community realizes and promotes ideas and policies that will make the Peace Corps not only bigger, but also better and bolder.

One of the key goals in NPCA’s new Strategic Plan for 2014 – 2018 is to “help the Peace Corps be the best that it can be.”

On a variety of fronts, there is activity to advance a better and bolder Peace Corps.  The following outline provides an overview on some of the key developments that have been the focus of the Peace Corps and Peace Corps community.  If you want to share your comments, you can contact us at advocacy@peacecorpsconnect.org.  You can also offer comments/suggestions directly with the Peace Corps by following this link.

The Latest:

  • (August 2014)  First Volunteers Arrive in Kosovo:  Kosovo became the 140th nation to receive Peace Corps Volunteers.  Read more.
  • (July 2014)  New Application Process:  Peace Corps launches a revised application process that is described as being simpler, faster and more personalized than ever before.  Read more. 
  • (June 2014)  NPCA Memorandum of Understanding:  For the first time in its 35-year history, the National Peace Corps Association and the Peace Corps have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding.  Read more.
  • (June 2014)  Progress with Peace Corps Equity Act:  A key vote by the House Appropriations Committee raises the possibility of ending a reproductive health inequity currently confronting female Peace Corps Volunteers.  Read more.

Five Items: Documents and Links

  • NPCA Strategic Plan:  Learn more about the National Peace Corps Association’s upcoming plans.  This brochure summarizes our Strategic Plan for 2014 – 2018.
  • Peace Corps Strategic Plan:  The Peace Corps has also outlined its upcoming plans for 2014 – 2018.  This document summarizes the Peace Corps Strategic Plan.
  • Open Government Initiative: Links to various agency documents, including the latest budget request to Congress and the latest Volunteer survey.
  • Research and Evaluation:  Links to various agency documents, including recent host country surveys, Early Termination data and the Voice of the Volunteer Report.
  • Application Process: Links and information to Peace Corps’ revised application process.

(for matters pertaining to Volunteer health, safety and security, follow this link)

Other Resources

  • A list of benefits offered by the Peace Corps to prospective volunteers.
  • May 2014 collaboration announced between Peace Corps and Rotary International.
  • Peace Corps named one of best places to work in the federal government in 2013 for the fourth consecutive year.
  • In March, 2012, Peace Corps joined in a public-private partnership to boost training for health professionals.
  • A 2011 update in which the Peace Corps outlines progress to date in implementing the Comprehensive Assessment.
  • In December, 2010 Peace Corps announced the expansion of its Master’s International Program.
  • WorldView magazine, Fall 2010: Articles on improving the Peace Corps on the eve of the 50th aniversary.
  • In June, 2010, Peace Corps released its comprehensive agency assessment. Follow this link to review.
  • In March, 2010 Peace Corps announced a $50/month increase in the Volunteer Readjustment Allowance.
  • WorldView magazine, Winter 2009: Articles on revitalizing the Peace Corps.
  • NPCA Better Bolder Survey Report – Full Report (December, 2009).
  • WorldView magazine, Fall 2008:  Articles on improving the Peace Corps.



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