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Celebrating International Peace Corps Week: Add Your Photos! (SLIDESHOW)

First Posted: 02/28/2012 8:09 am   Updated: 02/28/2012 8:43 am

When John. F. Kennedy stood on the stairs of the University of Michigan on Oct. 14, 1960, a grand idea was articulated -- one of service, international relationships, travel, and peace.

"How many of you who are going to be doctors, are willing to spend your days in Ghana? Technicians or engineers, how many of you are willing to work in the Foreign Service and spend your lives traveling around the world?...I think Americans are willing to contribute. But the effort must be far greater than we have ever made in the past."

More than 50 years later, the Peace Corps is much more than an idea. The volunteer service has sent more than 200,000 people to 139 different countries, with work ranging from education and HIV/AIDS research, to technology and environmental preservation.

To celebrate its accomplishments, Peace Corps is hosting Peace Corps Week Feb. 26 through March 3 with events, speakers and conferences around the country.

Submit your Peace Corps pictures below as a way of celebrating your service, or check out the slideshow to see where other volunteers have been.

To get involved in the Peace Corps, click here. To see a list of Peace Corps Week events, click here.

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"This has to be one of my favorite people I have met in Moldova. He is a man that can be found almost every day-rain or shine- working in the art piața (or art plaza) in Chișinău, the capital of Moldova. In addition to his bright clothing, he is also always wearing a huge smile. He loves Peace Corps Volunteers, he says, for many reasons. First, they always stop to say hello. And second, they always buy something from him. But we love him equally in return because he always says hello to us, and we always buy something from him because he gives us an apple, and when he gives it to us he says, in English, 'an apple for you! I love you! Thank you very much!'." - Peace Corps Education Volunteer Cate Crandell
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