The week of February 24 – March 2 is known as Peace Corps Week. March 1 is the 58th anniversary of the start of Peace Corps – the date that President Kennedy signed the Executive Order creating the agency. By August, the first volunteers arrived in Ghana. It wasn’t until September 22 of that year before Congress submitted legislation forming a permanent agency, which Kennedy signed.
By 1963, about 7,000 volunteers were serving in 44 countries. In 1966, Peace Corps enrollment peaked, with more than 15,000 volunteers in 52 countries. Due to budget cuts, enrollment has dropped since then. Today about 7,000 volunteers are serving in over 60 countries. The UW-Madison is all-time #2 provider of volunteers from large universities, and has been #1 for the last two years in a row.
Will you be one of the #BadgerPeaceCorps?
Join us for a week of speakers, application workshops and festivities! Details for each of the key items, and more, can be found on our Events Calendar.