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Served 1965 - 1967   


From the Beginning


On August 31, 1965 sixty-seven Americans arrived at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to begin three months of Peace Corps training.  We ranged in age from 21 to 65 and came from states representing a cross-section of the country ranging from Hawaii to New York. We were men and women from urban and rural parts of the United States with the variety of outlooks typical of people coming from different parts of a country as large as ours.  However, we had one thing in common: commitment to the ideals of the United States and the desire learn about people from other countries, have those people learn about us and to provide our hosts with whatever assistance that we could.  We were identified as Peace Corps Trainees and were prepared for service in rural India. After three solid months of training, 37 of us were selected as Peace Corps Volunteers and were sent to India in the group known as India 20A.  After fifty years, the volunteers of India 20A remain in contact.  This is our story.






Mission of the Peace Corps*

Congress established the Peace Corps on September 22, 1961.

Objectives defined by the Act for the Peace Corps are to promote world peace and friendship by making available to interested countries Americans who will:

 

  1. Help the people of these countries meet their needs for trained  manpower.
  2. Help promote a better understanding of the American people on the part of the peoples served; and
  3. Help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of the American people.

*From Peace Corps Facts, circa 1965

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by: Reid Melton-India 20A

 





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