Welcome to Peace Corps Voices, a project to honor the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps and to highlight recordings made by Peace Corps volunteers throughout the world during their service.

President John F. Kennedy held a Rose Garden ceremony on August 28, 1961 as a send-off for the first Peace Corps volunteers to go overseas.

“The fact that you’re willing to do this for our country and, in a larger sense, as the name suggests, in the name of peace and understanding, I think should make all Americans proud,” he said.

Those volunteers arrived in Ghana and Tanganyika within days. One of them, a woman who took a reel to reel tape recorder to Ghana, is among the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers featured in Peace Corps Voices. The hour-long radio documentary aired on public radio stations nationwide in 2011.

Another early volunteer recorded these children singing in Sierra Leone in 1967.

Peace Corps Voices is an independent media project supported by Mass Humanities and by individuals like you. THANK YOU to everyone who has contributed.

Bookmark this page because more media—photos, videos, writings and additional audio—will be coming.


Peace Corps Voices comes from independent producer Amy Mayer with fiscal sponsorship from Good Radio Shows, Inc. and a grant from Mass Humanities, state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.