BARPCV Celebrates 50 Years of the Peace Corps
The Boston Area Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (BARPCV) is a non-profit organization with approximately 400 members concentrated in Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. BARPCV seeks to connect with and support returned and prospective volunteers and to carry out the third goal of the Peace Corps, "to promote a better understanding of other people on the part of American people." BARPCV is commemorating the 50th anniversary of Peace Corps by bringing together the Boston Area Peace Corps community to celebrate the rich heritage of the Peace Corps and the contributions of volunteers both past and present.
It all started back on October 14, 1960. Then Senator, John F. Kennedy, Jr. gave a speech to group of students at the University of Michigan. It was there that President Kennedy challenged students to serve in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries.
Kennedy's simple challenge inspired the creation of the Peace Corps. And on March 1, 1961, President Kennedy signed an executive order establishing the Peace Corps.
- Learn more about the incredible history of the Peace Corps.
- What is the Peace Corps Act?
- What I Brought Back from the Peace Corps
- Joe Kennedy III to Honor Peace Corps Volunteers in Cambridge Ceremony
- BU, Peace Corps Celebrate 50-Year Partnership
- A Year of Celebrations for the Peace Corps
- Peace Corps Memories Indelible: The Dream is Still Alive 50 Years Later
- Cambridge Resident Reflects on Peace Corps Experience
- New Book Release "When the World Calls: The Inside Story of the Peace Corps"
- Fox 25 - Peace Corps Turns 50: Celebrating Service
- NPR - Fifty Years of Peace Corps
The Boston Area Returned Peace Corps Volunteers will be celebrating all year long with multiple opportunities for the Boston Area Peace Corps community to get involved.
- View events happening around the nation
- View our calendar of events
- Submit your Peace Corps video for the 50th video contest
- Become a member
- Renew your membership
All donations for BARPCV help to fund events throughout the year and our community grants program. BARPCV is a registered 501(c) 3 non-profit organization and all donations are tax-deductible to the extent of the law.
In support of the Boston Area Returned Peace Corps organization, we are promoting '$50 for the 50th', a donation of $50 to sustain and grow BARPCV programs.