And I swear you don’t look a day over 35.

Fifty years ago today, US President John F. Kennedy asked the American people, “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?”

Since that day, more than 200,000 people (including yours truly) have answered the call, serving in over one hundred countries and filling thousands of different roles. Doctors and lawyers, artists and thinkers, men and women, fresh-faced college grads and senior-citizen-technology gurus. We’re a diverse group, but we all share two things: passion for the global community and a desire to affect meaningful change.

Peace Corps Kenya has been around nearly as long – 45 years, if I recall correctly. There have been bumps in the road (if you’ll forgive the dastardly understatement) but we’re still going strong and not leaving anytime soon.

So happy birthday, Peace Corps. And many more.