Third Goal

“To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.” - Third Goal of the Peace Corps

Here you will find local and national programs, events, activities, and resources to help you fulfill the Third Goal of the Peace Corps.


RPCV Memories from the Field



I worked at the junior secondary school in Thamaga, Botswana. My walk from work back to my house was a thirty-minute commute. It was a long, quiet walk over hot sand, past rock formations and in between donkeys and goats.

I always looked forward to the part near the end when these two sisters, who were always dressed alike, would peek around the pink wall surrounding their pink house. In the beginning, they would just smile and wave, then duck back behind the wall. After they got used to seeing me, they would run out past their wall and we would exchange greetings we had learned in each other’s languages. When we got to the end of our words, giggling over our mistakes, we would dance. Sometimes they would teach me some dances from their culture, and sometimes I would teach them some of mine. 

It was a fun, silly way to end the work day. I always appreciated the smiles, giggles and dances we shared. It was cultural exchange at its best.

-Kelli Haynes, Botswana '10-'12


Speakers Match

Peace Corps provides Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) opportunities to speak about peoples and cultures from around the globe to any group that requests a speaker. RPCVs have enriching stories to tell that can engage audiences, teach them about different cultures, and help them become more curious about the world outside of their home.


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Tell Peace Corps About Your Third Goal Activity

When you tell Peace Corps about your Third Goal activity, they'll send you a Third Goal Kit full of Peace Corps promotional materials!

More Third Goal Resources

Check out Peace Corps' website for even more ideas and resources for Third Goal activities!

Third Goal Stories

If you are an RPCV and you have a memory you'd like to see featured here, or if you are a currently-serving PCV, and you'd like to share a story from the field, email Kelli a couple of paragraphs and a photo if you have it.