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Peace Corps

The Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then-Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. From that inspiration grew an agency of the federal government devoted to world peace and friendship.

Since that time, 240,000+ Peace Corps Volunteers have served in 140 host countries to work on issues ranging from education to health outreach to environmental conservation.

Today’s Peace Corps is more vital than ever, working in emerging and essential areas such as community economic development and contributing to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Peace Corps Volunteers continue to help countless individuals who want to build a better life for themselves, their children, and their communities.

Check out videos on the Peace Corps YouTube Channel.


Sean Murphy, Regional Recruiter, Office of Recruitment and Diversity

Sean Murphy is a Regional Recruiter for the Peace Corps. He welcomes referrals and inquiries from the university community. 

To schedule an appointment, email Sean at: or call 951-240-9066. He’d be happy to answer any questions you might have about Peace Corps service, discuss program options, and provide guidance with the application process.

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