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Third Goal

“To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.” 
- Third Goal of the Peace Corps

Here you will find local and national programs, events, activities, and resources to help you fulfill the Third Goal of the Peace Corps.


What is Third Goal?

The Three Goals of Peace Corps:

  1. Help the People of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
  2. Help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
  3. Help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Peace Corps began in 1961 with President John F Kennedy organizing volunteers to go into many parts of the world to donate their time and skills with the overall goal to promote world peace and friendship. The third goal of Peace Corps is to “strengthen Americans’ understanding about the world and its peoples.” RPCVs bring back what they have learned to the USA. 

RPCVs can find resources from Peace Corps’ Third Goal office, such as PowerPoint slide templates, handout materials, and more.

Are you interested in doing something locally? Perhaps with this group? Email your ideas to


Speakers Match

Peace Corps provides Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) opportunities to speak about peoples and cultures from around the globe to any group that requests a speaker. RPCVs have enriching stories to tell that can engage audiences, teach them about different cultures, and help them become more curious about the world outside of their home.


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Speakers Match Resources:

Tell Peace Corps About Your Third Goal Activity

When you tell Peace Corps about your Third Goal activity, they'll send you a Third Goal Kit full of Peace Corps promotional materials!

More Third Goal Resources

Check out Peace Corps' website for even more ideas and resources for Third Goal activities!