04/02/2014 06:16 pm ET Updated Apr 03, 2014

'President Kennedy Would Be Very Proud' Of Program's Global Impact: Peace Corps Director

The Peace Corps' Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet joined HuffPost Live on Tuesday to discuss the organization's new recruitment efforts and the importance of volunteer service.

The Peace Corps, launched in 1961 under President Kennedy, gives Americans the opportunity to spend two years creating positive change through grassroots efforts in communities worldwide. Currently, more than 7,200 volunteers in 65 countries are serving in the program, according the program's website.

"I would like to believe that President Kennedy would be very proud of our volunteers that are around the world today," Hessler-Radelet told HuffPost Live regarding the program's impact.

With globalization and technological advances, Hessler-Radelet said the service Peace Corps provides is more important now than ever, as its volunteers immerse themselves in foreign cultures, and become agents of change in an increasingly complex world.

Watch the HuffPost Live segment above.

To learn more about the Peace Corps and the work it provides, visit its website.



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