Happy New Year! Coverdell World Wise Schools invites you to visit “new” Peace Corps countries. After years without a Peace Corps presence, Volunteers are re-entering past Peace Corps countries, some of them post-conflict such as Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Rwanda.
Nearly 30 years after the last group of Peace Corps Volunteers left Colombia, twenty Peace Corps Response volunteers arrived in the fall of 2010. With U.S.-Colombia relations growing, TEFL volunteers will help Colombians develop additional skills for the global market.
The Peace Corps enjoyed a rich history in Sierra Leone from 1962 until 1994 with programs in agriculture, education, and health. Due to an ongoing national conflict, Peace Corps Volunteers were evacuated and the post closed. While Sierra Leone is a major producer of gem-quality diamonds, two-thirds of the population engages in subsistence agriculture. A new group of education volunteers arrived in 2010 to teach English, math, and science, helping meet the need for qualified individuals in a rebuilt education system.
The first group of Peace Corps Volunteers arrived in Rwanda in 1975. Due to civil war, the program closed in 1993. Rwanda is a beneficiary of one of the largest U.S. Government relief programs, the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Supporting this effort, thirty-five public health volunteers arrived in 2008, working to decrease HIV/AIDS rates.
Peace Corps Volunteers served in Indonesia from 1963-1965. Today, Indonesia is home to the world’s largest Muslim population and the world’s third largest democracy. In 2010, a group of Peace Corps Volunteers began service as English teachers in high schools and teacher training institutions.
Rediscover these Peace Corps countries using Coverdell World Wise Schools’ resources below.