Positioning Peace Corps

Before the Peace Corps was evacuated from China for the sake of COVID-19, we had been told the program would end in 2021 because China was no longer considered a developing country. The following map attempts to visualize the Peace Corps geographic position in China, and illustrate that China is not an economic monolith. For example, in 2018 the annual per capita GDPs of Guizhou and Gansu – where volunteers served – were $6,233 and $4,735, respectively. Peace Corps volunteers also served in Sichuan and Chongqing, which had annual per capita GDPs of $7,387 and $9,964. These numbers are higher but still behind the Chinese national per capital GDP , and the world wide national average per capita GDP. For more context, in 2018 Beijing had a per capita GDP of $21,188.

On the map below see Peace Corps sites (red dots). Zoom in to see Provincial GDP in chloropleth (red being the highest).