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The Peace Corps October 14 1960 200 am at Michigan University ran into a serious realty check Presidential Candidate John F Kennedy addressed the students attending there with an impromptu speech challenging them to give two years of their lives to help people in countries of the developing world Inspired by the speech students form Americans Committed to World Responsibility and organize a petition drive asking for the establishment of such a program within weeks more than 1000 Michigan students had signed it The Peace Corps was officially established on March 1 1961 It all started over one speech that changed the lives of many Americans noted in previous paragraph The Peace corps was established because America wanted to make a difference in other peoples lives that less fortunate than themselves Volunteers in the Peace corps visited places like Afghanistan Argentina Brazil Bolivia Cape Verde Chile China El Salvador Mongolia Morocco Niger etc In these places they wanted to help the people in these countries and areas by meeting their needs and to spread awareness of Americans on the part of the peoples served and to give a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans These Americans visited over one hundred and thirty four countries With sixty one percent of the volunteers being female and thirty nine percent being male Ninety two percent of them were single and eight percent of them were married There was on average about14 percent minorities of Peace Corps volunteers The average person to volunteer was twenty nine years old the youngest were about twenty five years old Volunteers over age fifty was seven about percent oldest volunteer is seventy nine Education ranked from about levels of eighty two percent have undergraduate degrees while thirteen percent have graduate studies and degrees Here are a few quotes of taken from president speeches and a Volunteer over the last couple of decades
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