50 years of the Peace Corps
President John F. Kennedy addresses the first group of Peace Corps volunteers at the White House in 1961.
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It was 50 years ago that President John F. Kennedy gave his famous "ask not" inaugural address. The country and the world were in a time …
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50 years of the Peace Corps

It was 50 years ago that President John F. Kennedy gave his famous "ask not" inaugural address. The country and the world were in a time of turmoil and the Cold War was in full swing, and Kennedy preached unity and service with his famous quote:

 

“And so, my fellow Americans: Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: Ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.”

 

The message of service led to Kennedy’s founding of the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961. Since then, more than 200,000 Americans have volunteered abroad through the program in 139 countries. Are you one of them?

 

We want to hear about your experience in the Peace Corps and see photos of your service. Why did you join, and how did it affect your life? Share your stories and photos by February 15, and you could be featured on CNN.

 

Update: This assignment is now closed and is no longer accepting submissions. Check out the CNN.com story that resulted from these iReports: 50 years of Peace Corps adventures

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