Welcome to the Peace Corps/Liberia
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Peace Corps in Liberia
The Peace Corps was first invited to Liberia in 1962, and more than 3,800 Volunteers served from 1962 until 1990. Peace Corps returned to Liberia in 2009, and currently supports the development sector of education. The more than 80 Peace Corps Volunteers who served in Liberia each year live and work as participating and contributing members of communities in 14 of the 15 counties of the country, working collaboratively with educators. To date 4,035 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in Liberia.
During those years, Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) served in every facet of Liberia’s development efforts with an emphasis on education, agriculture, rural development, and health education. Although the program closed in 1990 due to civil war, the Peace Corps is still fondly regarded and well loved in Liberia; most people over the age of 30 had a Peace Corps teacher at some point during their education. The Peace Corps re-entered Liberia with a team of 12 Peace Corps Response Volunteers (PCRVs) in October 2008. Peace Corps Response Volunteers are returned Peace Corps Volunteers who undertake short-term assignments around the world.
In 2010, Peace Corps/Liberia began transitioning to a full Peace Corps program, with the first group of Peace Corps Volunteers arriving in June 2010. These Volunteers began the secondary education project, working as English, science, and math teachers. There are currently 70 Volunteers in Liberia working as science and math teachers at the junior and senior high school level. Peace Corps Response Volunteers work in teacher training institutes around the country. Peace Corps/Liberia will continue to utilize both Volunteers and PCRVs as part of a complementary and solid response to the development needs of the country.
Peace Corps Globally
The Peace Corps traces its inception to 1960, when then Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. In 1961, President Kennedy established the Peace Corps to promote world peace and friendship through three simple goals of:
1. Helping the people of interested countries in meeting their needs for training men and women.
2. Helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
3. Helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.
Peace Corps Volunteers respond to the challenges of the changing times with creativity, determination, and compassion, and in the five decades since it was founded, over 215,000 Volunteers have served in 139 host countries. Currently, 7,200 Peace Corps Volunteers serve in 75 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, and the Middle East. Volunteers live, learn, and work with a community overseas for 27 months, providing technical assistance in six global program areas: education, health, environment, community economic development, youth in development, and agriculture.
Through the Peace Corps, America shares with the world its most precious resource – its people – and Volunteers support the development aspirations of those who strive for a better future for themselves, their children, and their communities. The work of Volunteers in villages, towns, and cities around the globe represents a legacy of service for the promotion of goodwill and friendship abroad.
“The two years you spend here will be unforgettable and the experience will show you why Peace Corps will become the toughest job you'll ever love. As a volunteer, you will have a unique opportunity to work at a grassroots level to improve the lives of Liberians by listening to their needs and concerns, hopes and dreams.”
Toni Schneider (Former Peace Corps Response Volunteer in Liberia)