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Congressman Joe Kennedy III speaks at Peace Corps headquarters

WASHINGTON – Congressman Joe Kennedy III of Massachusetts delivered remarks at Peace Corps headquarters September 11, reflecting on his Peace Corps service in the Dominican Republic more than a decade ago and stressing the importance of sending American volunteers to live and work around the world today.

Kennedy, a co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Peace Corps Caucus, was invited to address the Peace Corps community as part of the agency’s longstanding Loret Miller Ruppe Speakers Series.

Remembering the terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001, he said, “We will, as humanity, reject hate and violence. What is the best response to hate and violence? I’m not sure I can come up with a better answer than the Peace Corps. By sending Americans to other countries to simply say, ‘How can I help?”

Congressman Kennedy served in a rural town in the Dominican Republic from 2004 to 2006, partnering with his neighbors on efforts to improve conditions for workers and grow the local economy through tourism in scenic areas.

“There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t draw from that experience,” he said.

During a going away party near the end of his two years of service, he encountered a man who had been skeptical of outsiders.

“He pulls me aside and says, ‘You did a good job here, but it took us over a year to trust you,’” said Kennedy.

The congressman said volunteers’ long-term commitment to their host communities and willingness to live and work alongside their neighbors and learn the local language and culture make the Peace Corps successful.

Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen pointed out that Kennedy’s project is still in operation and serves as a model for new volunteers.

She asked if he had a message for currently serving volunteers.

“Every volunteer is an ambassador of the United States, and the impacts they will have on the community are going to last well beyond their term of service,” said Congressman Kennedy. “The opportunity, the responsibility that volunteers have, to be selected by the United States government to be good stewards. It’s an extraordinary opportunity, and you will also see the expectations the world places on us. This matters.”

Don Clark, who was Kennedy’s supervisor in the Dominican Republic, was on hand for Wednesday’s event. Also in attendance were Loret Miller Ruppe’s daughters Mary Ruppe Nash and Adele Ruppe.

The Loret Miller Ruppe Speakers Series honors the agency’s longest serving director and is a forum for world leaders to speak about issues related to the Peace Corps’ mission, including volunteerism, public service, and international peace and development.

Thu, 12 Sep 2019 13:42:29 +0000

Peace Corps to Re-Establish Program in Kenya

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Over five years after the suspension of its program in Kenya, the Peace Corps announced today it will re-open its doors in the East African country.

“Since the departure of our volunteers in 2014, the Government of Kenya, the Peace Corps and the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi have been steadfast in our desire to return to the important work volunteers were doing throughout the country,” said Jody Olsen, Director of the Peace Corps. “Based on the results of a thorough assessment earlier this year, we have determined that in-country conditions support the return of Peace Corps volunteers. We look forward to working with our friends and colleagues in Kenya, continuing to build bonds of international peace and friendship together.”

Peace Corps’ efforts in Kenya will focus on math, science and deaf education. Once in Kenya, volunteers will undergo three months of comprehensive cultural, language and technical training before they are given their assignments to serve for two years. The first Peace Corps volunteers to serve after the suspension of the post will arrive in late 2020. Available positions can be found here.

Since the program was established in 1964, more than 5,000 Peace Corps volunteers have served in Kenya.

Tue, 20 Aug 2019 18:54:27 +0000

Beninese teacher earns Mandela Washington Fellowship
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Rousseau (pictured here in a white laboratory coat), uses teaching techniques that help his students learn and understand, not regurgitate.

WASHINGTON – Emignogni Mahtoundji Noe Rousseau, a long-time counterpart to Peace Corps volunteers in Benin, was honored with the esteemed Mandela Washington Fellowship for his work educating Beninese youth.

Peace Corps Education Volunteer Conner Swan met Rousseau in the fall of 2017, when both were teaching English in Niaro, a rural community in Benin. Rousseau was Swan’s Peace Corps counterpart, a person in a volunteer’s host community who works alongside the volunteer.

Almost a year and a half later, Swan had nominated him for the Mandela Washington Fellowship, a State Department funded program that provides 700 Sub-Saharan African leaders the opportunity to attend a United States college or university and support for professional development after they return home. Rousseau received the fellowship and is now in the United States at Virginia Tech University.

“Rousseau is a remarkable example of the potential and capabilities of the Beninese people,” said Swan. “In a country where few people have the opportunity to receive a formal education beyond a grade school level, Rousseau has earned his high school diploma, teaching certificate and master’s degree – all by the age of 25 – and has chosen to apply himself to create positive change in his home country”.

As a Peace Corps counterpart, Rousseau partnered with Peace Corps volunteers on local projects, like taking students to the National English Spelling Bee in Porto Novo, the capital city, running an after-school English club and writing a Peace Corps Partnership Programs grant to fund and construct two new classrooms at the school.

“In a place with little to no teaching resources, Rousseau engaged his students with creative songs, dances and games,’ Swan continued. “He used interactive techniques to help his students learn and understand.”

Education is the Peace Corps’ largest sector, comprising 42% of all volunteers. Since 1961, more than 45,000 education volunteers have served in 131 countries across the globe. Volunteers work in elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools, teaching math, science, and conversational English, and serve as resource teachers and teacher trainers. Currently, approximately 3,000 Peace Corps education volunteers teach in 48 countries around the world.

Mon, 05 Aug 2019 15:29:38 +0000

Peace Corps volunteers reaching thousands of young people with life skills training

WASHINGTON–With over 200 million youth around the world living on less than $1 a day, Peace Corps is working to strengthen long-term health, education and economic outcomes for young people. Since its inception in 2010, youth in development has become the Peace Corps’ third-largest sector comprising 13 percent of volunteer positions in 12 countries.

In 2019, approximately 2,400 volunteers in the agency's youth in development sector will reach over 171,000 young people with training and activities focused on life skills, gender equity, healthy living, financial literacy and more. Working at the community level in small towns and rural areas, volunteers coordinate with schools, community-based organizations, non-governmental organizations and governments to support youth with the necessary knowledge, skills and experiences to become healthy and engaged citizens.

“Volunteers serving in the youth in development sector support young people on a one-to-one basis,” said Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen. “They transform lives through leadership, working to ensure young people have the chance to succeed in every field, from education to business to public health. One of the many exciting elements of the Peace Corps service is that every volunteer, regardless of sector, can make these crucial connections with youth in their communities.”

In 2018, youth in development volunteers reached over 54,000 girls from Armenia to Guatemala through leadership and entrepreneurship trainings. “I really feel like I can be a leader in my community and make a change,” said Ayesha, a youth club member in Botswana who works with her local Peace Corps volunteer. “Now I know I can go out and try a lot of different things and I will be successful.”

Around the world, Peace Corps volunteers build a foundation of success for the next generation. Ashley Pinamonti of Spring Mills, Pennsylvania, is currently serving as a youth in development volunteer in the Dominican Republic. “My favorite part about the youth in development sector is its flexibility. It has allowed me to adapt my work to suit the community’s needs and has given me the opportunity to work with so many inspiring people,” Pinamonti said. “I am looking forward to coming back a few years from now to see how much the community has progressed and to share some cafecitos (coffee) with all of the people who have touched my life in these two short years.”

View open positions in the Youth in Development sector here.

Mon, 29 Jul 2019 13:58:17 +0000

Peace Corps mourns the loss of Donovan Gregg
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WASHINGTON – Peace Corps Response Volunteer Donovan Gregg, 31, of Beaverton, Oregon, died following a car accident July 23 in Rwanda.

Donovan, who trained English teachers at a university in Kigali, served in Peace Corps Response with his wife of eight years Jessica Gregg. The Greggs were also Peace Corps Volunteers together in Ethiopia from 2014 to 2016.

The couple began work in Rwanda in January 2019.

“Donovan Gregg was an extraordinary volunteer who, with his wife Jessica, devoted his life to service, education and learning about new cultures,” said Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen. “We are heartbroken by this tragic news, and we send our condolences to Jessica, his mother Debbie, and their families. Donovan will always be remembered by the Peace Corps and the many people whose lives he touched around the world.”

Donovan, a TEFL-certified English teacher, graduated from Western Oregon University in Monmouth and earned a master’s degree from the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy in Erfurt, Germany. He also completed an internship with the Department of Commerce at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin.

During his time in Ethiopia, Donovan provided classroom instruction for five public school English classes, led training sessions for Peace Corps trainees and managed budgeting and logistics for youth summer camps, among other projects.

Earlier in his career, Donovan was an English teacher in Busan, South Korea, where he worked with 700 students from 2012 to 2014. He also worked for the German Engagement Prize Foundation in Erfurt and taught Afghan students and teachers with the American Councils for International Education in Mumbai, India.

Donovan was fluent in German and spoke Oromifa and Amharic.

“Donovan was a person with an easy smile who personified the Peace Corps spirit of development through cultural exchange,” said Peace Corps Rwanda Country Director Keith Hackett.

In addition to his wife Jessica Marie Macaulay Gregg, Donovan is survived by his mother Deborah Jean (Porter) Gregg, father Donnelly David Gregg, grandmother Esther Gregg, parents-in-law Shirley Anne Hauge and Gregory Dale Harris, half-siblings Cameron, Erica, Benjamin and Jonathan Gregg, step-sister-in-law Chloe Harris and her husband Terry Parker, aunt Rebecca Tevis and her husband Ken and cousin Casey Tevis.

Wed, 24 Jul 2019 16:52:39 +0000

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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
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Burkina Faso click here,
Cameroon click here
Cape Verde
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Ethiopia click here
Gambia click here
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Guinea click here
Kenya click here
Lesotho click here
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Madagascar click here
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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 

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Zambia click here