Peace Corps

noun
  1. a civilian organization, sponsored by the U.S. government, that sends volunteers to instruct citizens of underdeveloped countries in the execution of industrial, agricultural, educational, and health programs.
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British Dictionary definitions for peace corps

Peace Corps

noun
  1. an agency of the US government that sends American volunteers to developing countries, where they work on educational and other projects: established in 1961
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peace corps in Culture

Peace Corps

An agency of the United States government that sends American volunteers to developing nations to help improve living standards and provide training. Created by President John F. Kennedy in 1961, under the auspices of the Department of State, the Peace Corps provides an opportunity to share American wealth, technology, and expertise. During the cold war it also served as a means for spreading American influence and values in the hope of preventing developing nations from allying themselves with the Soviet Union.

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