“They (the Volunteers) have done a very good job, mixing with the people and encouraging self-help measures. We hope to get more of them.” –Prime Minister Rashidi Kawawa of Tanganyika.
“The Peace Corps I think is a wonderful idea. I think it is terrific. There is no better way to show the world what we are than to have our young people, acting just as themselves, going throughout these under developed countries.”—News commentator Richard C. Hottelet
“Just a year ago many people were holding their fingers crossed. ….We know, a year later, that these bright and dedicated Peace Corpsmen of ours stood the test.” –Farmers Union Herald
“I hope that when they come back, many of them will decide to make the Foreign Service their life work. If they do, we will have a better chance for survival.”–Max Lerner New York Post.
“I have had an opportunity to meet many Peace Corps Volunteers and find them remarkable. They are carrying out a project that will be a continuing benefit in the countries in which they serve and to the United States.”—Eleanor Roosevelt
“It’s possible that one day the history books will detail the 1960 era as the time when America’s best salesmen—its young citizens—were taken off the drugstore stools and sent out into the world.”–Oneonta (N.Y) Star
“Platform No. 10 of the New Delhi Main Station witnessed an unusual scene late this evening. Twenty-six Americans came out of a train from Calcutta and left the porters spellbound by insisting on themselves carrying their baggage.”– Indian Express (Bombay)
“I think the Peace Corps is beginning to remove the doubts from the doubters’ minds. I have been impressed with the quality of the young men and women who are going into it. At first I thought it would advance work for a group of beatniks, but this is not so…I’ll back it all the way.” —Senator Barry Goldwater (Rep.-Ariz.)
“The arrival in Thailand of an American Peace Corps unit, composed of 45 Volunteers, has caused great excitement to the Thai people. This is because there are many things the Thai people never expected to see in farangs (Westerners), such as to hear them speak Thai fluently and to see them coming to live here like any ordinary Thai.”—Siam Nikorn
“As the Peace Corps enters its second year, it becomes evident that service to mankind without thought of personal gain is still one of man’s noblest endeavors.”—Senator Stephen M. Young
“More than 20,000 Americans have volunteered to serve, a convincing demonstration that we have in this country an immense reservoir of dedicated man and women willing to express, by their actions and convictions, the highest values of our society.”–President Kennedy in his message to Congress of February 2, 1962