History of the Peace Corps in Guinea

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Peace Corps signed a cooperation agreement with the government of Guinea in 1962, which forms the basis for our current country program. The first Volunteers arrived in Guinea in 1963. However, in 1966, relations between the United States government and the government of Guinea soured, and the Guinean government asked Volunteers to leave. Peace Corps was invited back in 1969, but again relations between the two governments deteriorated, and Volunteers left in 1971. Soon after President Sekou Touré’s death in 1984, Peace Corps was asked to return once again to Guinea.

History and Future of Peace Corps Programming in Guinea

The mission of the Peace Corps in Guinea is to help the people of Guinea meet their development and human resource needs. Existing projects address the top development priorities of the government, which are: education, health, natural resource management and small enterprise development. Most Volunteers are based in rural areas so that they may reach those communities most in need of assistance.

Since 1963, more than 1,100 Volunteers have served in Guinea. Currently, approximately 115 Volunteers serve in-country. No matter what sector they are in, Volunteers are much in demand by schools, health centers, cooperatives, and rural communities; requests for Volunteers historically exceed our capacity to provide them.

The development philosophy of Peace Corps/Guinea is to build capacity from the ground up—to empower people so they can improve the quality of their own lives. This philosophy has an impact not only on the education, health, and economics of the people in communities where Volunteers work, but also on their view of the role of private citizens in a democracy such as ours, and this fosters an appreciation for honest, transparent and democratic institutions and governance.

The future for Peace Corps/Guinea looks good, and we envision changes that will make it even better. Because the government of Guinea is unable to recruit sufficient numbers of teachers to meet the needs of rural schools, Peace Corps/ Guinea continues to supply high school classroom teachers. We hope to move to the next level of capacity building and train teachers themselves. There also appear to be opportunities to work in new regions of Guinea, and Peace Corps staff members are currently evaluating re-entry to the Forest region.

Assignment History

Sector Assignment Beg. Yr End. Yr
Agriculture AgroForestry 2004 2007
Ag Extension 1988 2007
Crop Extension 1963 1988
Business Accounting 1990 1992
Business Advising 1988 2007
Business Development 2004 2004
Computer Science 2004 2007
Cooperatives 1988 1990
NGO Advising 2006 2006
Crisis Corps Crisis Corps 1995 2006
Education English Teacher 1963 2007
Prim-Ed/Teach Trn 1991 1991
Secondary-Ed Math 1989 2007
Secondary-Ed Sci. 1995 2007
Univ. English Teaching 1995 2002
Environment Comm Forestry Ext 1988 1998
Environmental Ed. 1995 2002
Forestry 1979 2007
Health Disease Control 1992 1992
Health Extension 1989 2008
Hygiene Ed/Sanitation 1990 1991
Master's International Masters Internationalist 1997 2006
Other Unique Skill 1992 1992
Youth and Community Development Commun. Serv/Deg. 2001 2007
Rural Youth Dev. 1991 1991
Youth Development 2007 2007
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