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PEACE CORPS DEPUTY DIRECTOR DAVID E. WHITE JR. SWEARS-IN FIRST GROUP OF RESPONSE VOLUNTEERS TO SERVE IN NEPAL

(Kathmandu, Nepal | Friday, May 17, 2024) – Today, Peace Corps Deputy Director David E. White Jr. officiated the swearing-in ceremony of the inaugural cohort of Peace Corps Response Volunteers in Nepal, a special milestone in the longstanding partnership between the agency and the Nepalese government. The swearing-in ceremony marked the end of training for 10 new Response Volunteers and was attended by the U.S. Ambassador to Nepal Dean R. Thompson, Nepalese government ministers, community partners, and Peace Corps Nepal staff.

“As we welcome our new cohort of Response Volunteers, we also honor the rich legacy they join—a legacy of service and cross-cultural exchange that spans more than six decades,” said Peace Corps Deputy Director David E. White Jr. “Together, with our local partners, we will continue to forge meaningful connections and work hand-in-hand to address the most pressing challenges facing communities in Nepal.”

Peace Corps Response creates opportunities of service for experienced professionals with specialized skills to complete short-term, high impact assignments at 43 countries around the world.

The Peace Corps Response program in Nepal will pair the Response Volunteers with community partners to advance locally prioritized projects in three of the agency's six sectors: community economic development, education, and agriculture. These new Response Volunteers will collaborate closely with community members across the Gandaki, Bagmati, and Lumbini provinces of Nepal.

“This is the start of a Peace Corps Response program, a program in which more experienced U.S. citizen volunteers respond to specific needs articulated by our partners in the Government of Nepal,” said U.S. Ambassador to Nepal Dean R. Thompson. “Like the traditional two-year volunteer program, Peace Corps Response Volunteers need to integrate into their communities, build relationships, and be role model representatives of the United States in Nepal.”

With this new group, a total of 50 Peace Corps Volunteers – in both the two year and Peace Corps Response programs – are currently serving in eight districts of Nepal. A total of 4,000 volunteers have served the people of Nepal since 1962 when the governments of the United States and Nepal signed a partnership to promote world peace and friendship.

During his week-long visit to Nepal, Deputy Director White also met with government and civil society representatives to discuss the agency’s commitment to global volunteerism to promote world peace and friendship, and to express gratitude for the longstanding partnership with the government of Nepal and their welcoming communities.

Peace Corps invites U.S. citizens from all backgrounds, who embody the spirit of service and cross-cultural understanding, to become volunteers. The next application deadline is July 1, 2024. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply online to take the first step towards a life-changing experience in contributing to global peace and friendship. Visit PeaceCorps.gov/Bold to learn more about Peace Corps Volunteer service and how volunteers connect with immersive experiences in over 60 countries.



Fri, 17 May 2024 12:57:29 +0000


PEACE CORPS TO CLOSE COUNTRY PROGRAM IN COMOROS

(Washington, D.C. | Friday, April 26, 2024) – The Peace Corps announced today that the agency will close its post and country program in Comoros. After nearly two decades of close partnership with the people and government of Comoros, operational challenges prevent the return of Peace Corps Volunteers to service in the foreseeable future.

In March 2020, the agency evacuated 27 Volunteers from Comoros as part of the worldwide suspension of Volunteer activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the absence of Volunteers serving in-person, Peace Corps Comoros staff facilitated Virtual Service Pilot engagements with the University of Comoros and staff-led programming with local partners, including digital literacy and mentorship activities. Volunteers did not return to Comoros when the agency resumed overseas operations in March 2022.

The legacy of friendship and partnership between Comoros and the United States will endure through the fellowship among returned Peace Corps Volunteers who served in Comoros and the host families, colleagues, and friends they lived and worked alongside. Between 1988 and 1995, and from 2014 to 2020, a total of 197 education sector Volunteers taught English together with community counterparts at the invitation of the government of Comoros.



Fri, 26 Apr 2024 20:26:49 +0000


STATEMENT FROM PEACE CORPS DIRECTOR CAROL SPAHN ON CONFIRMATION OF PEACE CORPS DEPUTY DIRECTOR DAVID E. WHITE JR.

(Washington, D.C. | Friday, December 22, 2023) – The United States Senate voted unanimously to confirm David E. White Jr. as the next Deputy Director of the United States Peace Corps on December 20, 2023.

Peace Corps Director Carol Spahn issued the following statement:
“I am so excited to welcome David to the Peace Corps team. David’s rich experience in the private and public sectors will be an incredible asset to our work at this critical juncture in our agency’s history. I am certain that his commitment to service, coupled with his deeply held belief that mutual understanding is vital to making a lasting impact around the world, will resonate profoundly with the incredible staff, Volunteers and host country governments, counterparts, and community members who work to advance world peace and friendship everyday.”

For President Biden’s announcement of now Deputy Director White’s nomination, visit here.



Fri, 22 Dec 2023 19:42:54 +0000


STATEMENT FROM PEACE CORPS DIRECTOR CAROL SPAHN ON THE PASSING OF FORMER FIRST LADY ROSALYNN CARTER

(Washington, D.C. | Monday, November 20, 2023) – We mourn the passing of a remarkable woman, First Lady Rosalynn Carter, whose grace, dedication, and compassion have left an indelible mark on the world. Mrs. Carter's unwavering commitment to service, both within the United States and abroad, resonates profoundly with the mission and values of the Peace Corps.

She was a beacon of hope and a tireless advocate to alleviate the suffering of others and promote human dignity. Her legacy of service to others will continue to inspire future generations of Peace Corps Volunteers. Our thoughts are with the Carter family as they honor the incredible life of Mrs. Carter.



Mon, 20 Nov 2023 13:57:17 +0000


REMARKS OF CAROL SPAHN, THE DIRECTOR OF THE PEACE CORPS, AT THE MINNESOTA INTERNATIONAL NGO NETWORK (MINN) SUMMIT

REMARKS AS PREPARED:
Delivered on November 3, 2023
Hubert Humphrey School of Global Affairs

Peace Corps Director Spahn: Good afternoon. What an honor to join you all for this year’s MINN Summit. As you can tell from that wonderful video, we at Peace Corps see the moment in time that we’re in as a critical one for the future of the world that calls on all of us to be bold with how we rise to meet it.

But that’s nothing new for all of you here at this summit. For 18 years now, the Minnesota International NGO Network have done such phenomenal work bringing together bold changemakers across the North Star State who care deeply about building a better world. So, let me begin with immense gratitude for the invitation to be here today.

And I have to say, I love your slogan: “Doing global good better.”

In this challenging and historic moment, when a lot the great successes in development have been eroded, and so many of the normal ways that we engage around the world and the tools in our toolboxes were disrupted by the Covid Pandemic, each of us needs to ask ourselves how we can be doing global good better.

And so much of the answer to that question is about how we choose to show up in the world – whether it’s with humility and compassion, partnership and greater local leadership leading the way rather than a top-down approach.

But even more than that, it’s about choosing to show up at all. It’s far too easy in today’s world to hide behind the anonymity of screens and social media, jadedly criticizing others instead of stepping up and getting engaged.

A couple of days ago, a friend sent me a great quote which goes: “Hope isn’t an adjective, but a verb. Hope is what you do.”

Hope is action; it’s stepping outside your comfort zone to try to make a difference in the world.

Hope is a Peace Corps Volunteer leaving everything they know behind to go live and work and immerse themselves in a community in another country for two years to show that not only does America care, but that individual Americans care.

Hope is International NGOs working every day with communities and governments and partners to lift up voices that need to be heard, and meet challenges that need to be met – whether it’s:

  • Training 3,000 local health care providers to deliver pediatric cardiac care the way Children’s HeartLink has; or
  • Working with communities in rural Sierra Leone to identify, develop, and carry out their own sustainable solutions to the challenges they face like One Village Partners does; or
  • Recognizing just how vital not only literacy is to a child’s future, but access to books is <pause> and then sharing more than 57 million books with children in every single African country over the past 34 years the way Books for Africa has.

And those are just a few ways that the International NGOs here in this room, and throughout Minnesota, are giving hope through their service. Thank you so much for everything that you do to make a difference.

And hope – both the sense of optimism that we can build a brighter future together, and the willingness to step up and act to make it happen – is something that we really need a lot more of today.

And what better place to talk about hope, than here at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs! This school, which stands as a testament to the legacy of a phenomenal public servant; the “Happy Warrior” who exuded hope and never shied away from the responsibility to step up and lead when it was needed.

And what a legacy he left behind:

  • the Civil Rights Act of 1964;
  • a Nuclear Test Ban Treaty at the height of the Cold War;
  • United States Senator and Vice President;
  • and, of course, father of the Peace Corps!

President Kennedy may get the credit for creating the Peace Corps, but without Hubert H. Humphrey – author of the first-ever Peace Corps bill, the man who led the passage of the Peace Corps Act through Congress in 1961 – there might never have been a Peace Corps at all.

Hubert Humphrey left behind quite a legacy. As we make our way through these incredible, full of daunting global challenges that President Biden has called an inflection point in history we need to be asking ourselves what we want the legacy of this moment, and the choices that we make, to be when we look back, 10… 20… 30 years from now. How about a legacy of hope?

How about a legacy of meeting this moment with creativity, and ingenuity, and adaptability; of embracing and lifting up great local leadership? Because, really, that’s what this moment, and this new post-Covid world we are living in, demands from all of us.

If the last few years have shown us anything, they have shown just how interconnected and intertwined we all are with one another. And they have shown why caring about what happens beyond ourselves and our immediate community matters so much. Because viruses know no borders; devastating natural disasters and a changing climate care nothing about political divisions; and while unrest may start in one area, its impacts ripple out and touch over corner of our planet.

They have also shown us the power of local leadership. Now, in terms of development and the move towards localization, Peace Corps is as local as it gets. Our entire model is based on people-to-people connections, with Volunteers supporting locally prioritized projects. But when we were forced to evacuate nearly 7,000 Volunteers from the field in March of 2020, and keep them out of the field for two years our local staff and our local partners stepped up and carried on in all kinds of ways.

That was phenomenal to see. It really made such a difference in so many lives. And it really solidified, in so many ways, an even stronger commitment at Peace Corps to lift up local voices and partnerships in everything that we do.

We took those two years without Volunteers in the field, and we not only worked hard to plan for how we would eventually return to service whenever we were able to do so safely, but we took the time to reexamine our systems and our processes; and we began to reimagine what service could, and should, look like once we returned.

And today, with over 2,400 Volunteers back serving in 57 countries, that reimagined service looks like side-by-side service with local organizations and service programs.

We recently signed an agreement with Corps Africa, for example, to strengthen our partnership and cooperation, and find opportunities for our Volunteers to work alongside theirs on specific projects. I recently met with a group of Corps Africa Volunteers during a trip to Ghana. They are such impressive individuals, working on the kinds of projects that fit so perfectly with what we do at Peace Corps that it just wouldn’t make sense for us NOT to work together! And that connection with local leaders and local service volunteers will help ensure the long-term sustainability of the projects that we work on together, even after a Volunteer ends their service and comes home.

Reimagined service looks like supporting the local leaders we work alongside in their own professional development. Opening doors of opportunity for people to thrive, economically as well as socially, is a top priority for us. That includes the people we work alongside, as well as those in the communities where we serve. So, we have been exploring professional certifications that can be awarded to local counterparts that they can use to further their own education, to apply for grants or funding for their own work, or use in any number of other capacities.

For us, reimagined service also looks like creating new opportunities to engage with the largest generation of youth in history to take on some of the biggest challenges they are facing today, like climate change. We recently launched a Blue Pacific Youth Initiative that will tap into and build upon existing networks and programs across the Asia Pacific region to engage youth living there as stewards of the beautiful vast oceans that we share. Volunteers will engage with them in promoting climate literacy, work on climate assessments, support community adaption projects, and help, overall, to expand youth empowerment. Everyone is impacted when our oceans suffer; and everyone can play a role in protecting them.

And reimagining service means embracing technology, and utilizing it to connect with, and engage with, and support as many people as we possibly can. Technology was a lifeline for so many throughout the pandemic – helping to ward off the loneliness and isolation; helping to keep people connected and working; and helping to keep many students learning.

And it’s still playing a very important role as we continue to reemerge from the pandemic. So, we are continuing to find new ways to utilize it in our work. In Indonesia, for instance, the Religion of Ministry invested in digital infrastructure in all their classrooms. And our Volunteers there are using that technology to host monthly English-language workshops in over 400 classrooms simultaneously. That’s an incredible reach that past generations of Volunteers could never have dreamed of. But the kind of effort that is becoming ever-more common in today’s world.

And we are embracing technology here at home, as well, to enable more Americans to serve and connect with the broader world. we want everyone who has a passion for service to be able to serve. Just a few days ago, we celebrated the 3rd anniversary of our Virtual Service Pilot Program in which more than 700 Returned Peace Corps Volunteers have donated their time connecting and collaborating with partners in 48 countries. And it allows us to be involved in countries where we can’t, or don’t yet, have a physical presence. This program has been a wonderful success, and we are looking at ways that we might possibly be able to expand the opportunity for others beyond Returned Volunteers to participate in the coming days. So, stay tuned on that.

The bottom line is that this is a moment for all of us, even those of us who work in this area, to step outside our own comfort zones. To reflect on the world as it is today and how we show up in it; to slow down, take the time to reexamine our own systems and our own programs to ensure that we can build in the kind of community engagement and accountability feedback loops into our work to ensure their long-term sustainability; and to potentially reimagine how we do what we do in this new world.

And that is what brings us all together here today. The drive and the need, in this moment, to explore new opportunities. To boldly brave new developmental frontiers. To experiment, without fear of failure – and learn from that failure when it does, inevitably, happen. And to always, always, show up and embrace hope in everything that we do.

That, in the end, is how we can rise to meet this historic moment. That is how we will ensure the voices of local leaders are heard. And that is how – together – we can, and will, do global good better.

Thank you.



Fri, 03 Nov 2023 21:06:45 +0000

Peace Corps

Out of a Zambian village. Erica Peth click here
The Peace Corps: what do they do? SJ Dodgson. MJoTA 2013 v7n2 p1120

Peace Corps volunteers work in close to 30 countries across Africa, and also in Asia, the Americas and the Caribbean. In agriculture, in education, in health.

Why do African countries need the Peace Corps: educated Americans to come to their villages to work and teach?

What happened to the small village that they needed outside help to be self-sufficient, when likely they have been self-sufficient for generations? Is it because of colonization, World Bank policies, ongoing international theft, despair? Most likely all of these.

Does the Peace Corps help the populations feed and education their young, and help lift them out of poverty? Or are all gains snatched by leaders? I am looking for stories of sustained success. Come back for more later.


Above, former members of the Peace Corps march through Philadelphia, July 04, 2011.
Peace Corps in these African Countries in 2013
Benin click here
Botswana
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Burkina Faso click here,
Cameroon click here
Cape Verde
click here
Ethiopia click here
Gambia click here
Ghana
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Guinea click here
Kenya click here
Lesotho click here
Liberia
click here

Madagascar click here
Malawi
click here
Mali click here

Morocco click here
Mozambique click here

Namibia click here
Niger click here
Rwanda click here
Senegal click here
South Africa click here
Swaziland click here
Tanzania click here 
Togo

Tunisia
Uganda
click here,

Zambia click here