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Third Goal

at the Black Sea, Batumi, Georgia, (c) K Crossley 2017

Third Goal

What is the Third Goal?

Beginning in 1961, volunteers have gone into many parts of the world to donate their time and skills, with the overall mission to promote world peace and friendship. President John F. Kennedy stated that the third goal of the Peace Corps is to “strengthen Americans’ understanding about the world and its peoples.” Upon their return, volunteers have brought what they learned back to this country, formally known as the Third Goal.


  1. Help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained man 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.

Learn more about Third Goal activities as supported by Peace Corps.

RPCVs can find resources from Peace Corps' Third Goal office, such as Powerpoint slide templates, handout materials, and more. Don't forget to register your speaking event at their website.

To learn more about how the Madison RPCV group accomplishes the Third Goal and how we reach out to the community, we invite you to


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  Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Wisconsin-Madison is a public charity registered under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States. Its EIN is 39-1669348. It is also an affiliate group of the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA).

NPCA champions lifelong commitment to Peace Corps ideals by connecting, engaging and promoting its members and affiliate groups as they continue to make a difference in communities in the U.S. and abroad. NPCA is also dedicated to advocating for, contributing to, and supporting the betterment of the Peace Corps. Visit NPCA to learn more