Why can't i join if I am Canadian?

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By Chelsea MacNeil (toronto-hse-ppp4072972.sympatico.ca - on Sunday, December 11, 2005 - 1:32 pm: Edit Post

I was wondering why, if you are canadian, why you can't join this peace core! For when I turned 18, I want to join the peace core, and hopefully work with children with aids, or hiv positive! Would you people be able to make an exception! It wont be for a couple of years. Therefore, I was wondering if in those years, you will start to allow some Canadians to join!

By Anonymous (ppp140.216-96-207.sherb.mt.videotron.ca - on Monday, January 23, 2006 - 7:07 pm: Edit Post

I am canadian and i wanted to join the peace core this isnt fair that Canadians cant join and I am very confused why that is?

By Jessica Bradshaw (oshawa-ppp127634.sympatico.ca - on Sunday, February 19, 2006 - 6:58 pm: Edit Post

I have been looking everywhere to find info on how to join the peace corps. I was under the impression that Canada had a peace corps. I want to know how can I join? And what is thisa about not being able to if you are Canadian? I really want to help out; I feel like it is a calling for me; what I'm mant to do in life. I want to take International development in University in September,but I want to do this in the meantime. Please help:S

By Anonymous ( on Thursday, April 27, 2006 - 11:00 pm: Edit Post

I think the top message might be a joke IMO.

By Amy Bickert (69-11-107-55.prna.hsdb.sasknet.sk.ca - on Wednesday, July 26, 2006 - 10:54 pm: Edit Post

Hello, as a right as a canadian citizen we have the right to know why we cant join, we all just want to help this old beat up world just as American citizens do. Answer me this question are we not all part of america?
what ever happens around the would affects Canada as does the U.S there are people out there that need our help in doing so this organization should be able to let us comply.
thank you for this loss of time when the contry of Canada could be working side by side to help this need. tick tock!

From A proud Canadian: Amy Bickert

By Anonymous (d206-116-243-208.bchsia.telus.net - on Wednesday, August 09, 2006 - 8:41 pm: Edit Post

Hi.I just turned 18 and my goal in life has always been to become a police officer like my father and to try to make the world a better place. Of corse joining the peace core would be a good way of doing so and to my surprize I just found out that Canadians cant be apart of the peace core...whats up with that? Then i asked myself..if Americans dont want our help why not make our own Canadian peace core? So instead of writing how angry and you are on this website...you need to realize you only have one life and one chance to make a difference in this world..so go do something about it!-Brittany

By Joey Sanchez (pool-71-254-177-127.lsanca.fios.verizon.net - on Saturday, August 12, 2006 - 11:28 pm: Edit Post

I have the anwser many of you are looking for. The reason Canadians cant join the peace corps dates back to when the organization was founded and the founder realized that Canadians were selfish at heart. The founder of the peace corps does not want the help of Canadians because Canadians are really bad at helping others, they have a hard enough time helping themselves. I hope that answers everyones questions.

By CarmenBailey (h2-66-137-250.mesh.net - on Sunday, August 13, 2006 - 12:33 pm: Edit Post

Shame on you Joey!

Hello Anon;

Peace Corps is an American Agency...
is for Americans. But there are many
countries which have their own agencies.
Search the internet for various keywords.
Canada has its own, for starters.

By Anonymous (207-47-170-3.prna.hsdb.sasknet.sk.ca - on Monday, September 04, 2006 - 3:19 pm: Edit Post

Joey sanchez- you have no idea what you are talking about do you. I dont think that you have a clue about anything Canadian, you are way to proud and all i here is you taking out of your ASS, Canadians are not selfish we do alot for other countrys. You know that house you are living in is made of canadian lumber, or if not your house then your fiends or your family. all i have to say is get a clue than when you are ready to call us selfish go right ahead because you are NOBODY. :p

By Bill Schweitzer (d154-20-9-215.bchsia.telus.net - on Wednesday, September 27, 2006 - 9:44 am: Edit Post

We help ourselves to our charter of rights and freedoms.
we don't allow self imposed ignorance, or disinformation to damage those rights which make us FREE.
Are you enjoying the patriot acts one and two?
Are you enjoying your police state?
Lets see you help yourself out of that one.

By Anonymous (bas8-toronto63-1177706526.dsl.bell.ca - on Monday, October 23, 2006 - 5:05 pm: Edit Post

Canadians selfish at heart? Yes, that simply must be why Canadians are prefered over Americians in any other country on vacations and such (well, anyone is prefered over an Americain, to be honest). You have no idea what you're talking about; it's only the patriotic bable that was taught to you by the rest of your brainwashed society. Open your eyes to the rest of the world for once. The only problem with Canada is that it's becoming more and more like America every day... I discusted by the fact that I share borders with you people. Get over yourselves.

By xavier taylor (124-243-137-132.static.wildit.net.au - on Saturday, November 04, 2006 - 1:13 am: Edit Post

youre all noobs. go to college learn something handy and any aid org will want you. you dont have the "right" to join any organization, to join is a privelige

By Don, Key, Kong (65-73-100-115.dsl1.wyg.mn.frontiernet.net - on Tuesday, November 14, 2006 - 3:32 pm: Edit Post

why do you all take each other so seriously? I would have guessed joey's remark to be non malicious humor. I laughed quite a bit when I read it. The one after that was even more humorous, especially the part about talking out of one's ass. maybe you should pull one another's hair. I would have to say that canadians and americans are equally selfish assholes. no i'm kidding I love us all.I have managed to overcome the vast cultural differences, and language barrier. As an American I feel it my patriotic duty to know my neighbor to the north, and have learned most of what I know by watching the Red Green Show. I have also learned a little by watching Southpark. does the top of your head really seperate from the bottom half when you talk? Wow! I did'nt know that!but hey what was this message board supposed to be about anyway?

By Anonymous (d36-92-171.home1.cgocable.net - on Tuesday, December 12, 2006 - 10:39 pm: Edit Post

RE: Joey
I must be ignorant or it's the lack of schooling(ignore the spelling). I am Canadian and proud of it. I live close to the border so I do get the chance to see the other side. I travel alot to the states and have many friends on the other side. WAKE UP we all have the same problems some more than others. If we can get beyond borders we are the same people. Some Canadians blame the states for the issues we now have due to the terrorists, but wake up it's everywhere. If we could look at everyone as equals we wouldn't have this problem. I may be ignorant to some beliefs BUT I give respect to the others. Treat others like you want to be treated is the way I live my life.

By Tiffany Christie (bas10-ottawa23-1088820714.dsl.bell.ca - on Thursday, February 15, 2007 - 8:14 pm: Edit Post

(I am 13 years old so ignore my spelling but i'll try my best)reacently i was in library and we watched a video on kenya well pictures made into a video but and then learned that everyone is different and the things we say we need half the time we don't kind of go me thinking one of my teachers went to kenya to teach for her placement so she went and the student had one out fit they bathed with the crocs and more the people were amazing but in need of help i wanted to help it got me thinking so when i got home from school i wrote a three page note telling my feallings about the people in kenya and then i decided joining the peace core would get me involve so today i searched the net and found one but seeing i am Canadian i am not allowed to join i feel that is aproperate seeing as we are all people we all live together and the things that happen in the world affect EVERYONE! like global warming for eg the artic is melting and polor bears die bc they have to swim thousands of miles to find ice and then have it break but thats a whole different topic

By scottychan (bb-87-80-18-183.ukonline.co.uk - on Sunday, February 25, 2007 - 2:10 pm: Edit Post

Tiffany sounds like the only person here who's got her head screwed on.

Joey you're an idiot. If you want to crack jokes go do it somewhere, where the topic of conversation isnít so important.

It sounds like you all have good intentions but you have to take numerous things into account here. Primarily money (as with everything else in the world). The Peace corp is a voluntary American organization. Whilst it is voluntary there are still costs incurred in ensuring volunteers are cared for and looked after. So why should an American be cared for over a Canadian? The fact of the matter is that you are both separate entities whoís first and foremost goals are to look after your own citizens, despite how ironic that may be.

For the Peace corp to survive, it has to be providing a service that its sponsors feel is not only benefiting the third world country, but also helping develop America as a whole.

Secondly, the Peace corp operates in places all over the world where there are instabilities effecting the public, governments and MNCís there and are not always safe. Although Iím sure they take every measure to ensure the safety of its participants, nothing is ever 100% certain. If the Peace corp allowed any citizen into its organization then things all of a sudden start to get a lot more political. By restricting applicants to Americans only, they ensure that in the event an issue does arise, then it is confined to one group of citizens, their own.

Thirdly, this allows them to act as a single unit. If the Peace corp was open to Canadians, why not Australians, or Italians, or Palestinians? By remaining an American organization, they avoid the political bureaucracy involved in other countries conflicts that may exist between your country and the country they are trying to help. Given the wrong circumstances it could render the Peace corp immobile.

Iím sure there are a tonne of other reasons why itís not in the best interests for the Peace corp to open its policy to other citizens, but thatís all for now. Whilst we may not all agree with the points made above, myself included, such is the way the world currently is. If you want to make a difference, rally to have Canadian companies put money into the Peace corp, lobby your government to start up their own or make an alliance with the American one. Or look towards other countries that donít have such tight restrictions.

If you really want to make a difference youíll find a way. Nothing worth doing is ever easy. If after reading this you still feel bitter that the Peace corp is restricted to Americans ask yourself thisÖ.. Why doesnít Canada have its own Peace Corp?

Oh and if it matters, which it shouldnít, Iím Canadian

By scottychan (bb-87-80-18-183.ukonline.co.uk - on Sunday, February 25, 2007 - 2:17 pm: Edit Post

To the moderator,

If you have issue with my reference of idiot to Joey, You have permission to change it to ignorant.


By kashina (bas1-kingston08-1167876695.dsl.bell.ca - on Friday, October 19, 2007 - 3:28 am: Edit Post

If you are interested there is a very good organization that works similarly to the Peace Corps but is Canadian. Perhaps this might be what you are looking for:


VSO Canada is the Canadian partner of Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO). It is an international development agency that works through volunteers. They promote volunteering to fight global poverty, by supporting people to share skills, creativity and learning with communities around the world. Through personal commitment and practical action, volunteers help build a fairer world.

VSO Canada contributes to VSO's vision, purpose and values by recruiting, training and matching volunteers from North America to placements that meet the requests of our overseas partners.

VSO volunteers work in partnership with people in more than 30 developing countries, contributing to development goals in Education, HIV and AIDS, Disability, Health and Social Well-being, Secure Livelihoods and Participation and Governance.

Good Luck ;)

By Chewbacca (s0106001346a9cd47.lb.shawcable.net - on Friday, December 21, 2007 - 6:49 pm: Edit Post

Ok... So... Canadians can't join the Peace Corps... Oh Jesus.
Well, Joey's an idiot. Check out what your country's doin' in the world, breh. Messin' shit up, and looking for "weapons of mass distruction" more like looking for "oil". Your country's got billions of dollars of debt, why do you think that the Canadian dollar is so high? Yours is so low! Why? "Weapons of Mass Distruction" And, you know, cause your country is being run by a Baboon.

So many Americans, not all, are ignorant about Canada, and what we're all about. It's quite obvious that if we were "horrible at helping people" we wouldn't A. Be on here, trying to figure out why the fuck we couldn't help, and B. Get thanked around the world for what we've done.
Americans get spit on, and yelled at. That makes me strangley happy...

By kevin (d207-81-215-107.bchsia.telus.net - on Thursday, January 03, 2008 - 9:07 pm: Edit Post

now look I'm 23 sick of my life and i want to make a change. maby if i see how crappy other people live it might make me feel better about my life. i know i could make a difference if i had a chance. what just because i was born a canadian i cant join what only americans can join? they take everything else from the world and now they get to say who gets to volunteer there time to HELP people. well you know what i say f them f there whole country. they boom the crap out of people then they want to help them does that make sence to anyone?? no i don't think so..anyway if there anyway to get me in pleas let me know thx.

By Lynn Chisholm ( on Sunday, October 12, 2008 - 12:26 am: Edit Post

Hey, all you Canadians out there. We have CUSO-VSO. Check it out.
Canadians are well respected and liked worldwide. We don't need to join peace corps. Personally I would not want to be associated with an American NGO.
If Joey has a problem with us, it's his problem.

http://www.cuso.org/index.php?option=com_content&t ask=view&id=397&Itemid=824

By proud to be Canadian ( on Sunday, October 19, 2008 - 9:12 pm: Edit Post

To all the posts made by persons who are against Canadians joining the Peace Corps,

From the imaturity of your posts I as a Canadian and as a Psychologist specializing in discrimination, I must say this attitude is brought on by intimidation. Also and on a personal note, the true meaning of the Peace corps is to help without discrimination, wich is exactly what you seem to be doing. So next time before you make such unapropriate comments and make yourself and your country look like an ASS, I would think about what you are saying. Dont forget that now more than ever the US has a horible reputation for being increidibly ignorant and racist, and you call yourselves part of a ®peace movement®? PLEASE!

By canadian and proud. ( on Tuesday, November 04, 2008 - 12:55 am: Edit Post

i want to jion the piececore when im 18 but i happened to be born across a made up line in canada. i dont think helping people who are in need should be stopped from doing this because of a stupid line. where your born shouldnt prevent you from helping other people.

By josiejosie ( on Sunday, November 09, 2008 - 9:21 pm: Edit Post

thank you for your post proud to be a canadian. I am an american and I don't like it when people like that represent our country. We already have a pretty poor standing with the rest of the world and people continously reinforce that negative view of our country. I understand that the person that was being descriminating was not a leader or anyone important for that matter but, every hateful statement has an impact no matter who makes it and all of them together shape views and fuel and perpetuate more hatred.

I always thought that the peace core was a world wide organization. I think that it should be and it saddens me to find out that it isn't. I think that would be a phenominal expirence to be part of an organization that brings people from all over the world together to achieve a common goal (helping our fellow human beings that inhabit this earth.) If the organization was world wide there would be more resources available to help with the effort increasing the impact that the organization would have through out the world.

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