History of the Peace Corps in Mongolia
|History of the Peace Corps|
|Since 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, more than 182,000 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in 138 countries all over the globe.
The Peace Corps established its program in Mongolia at the invitation of the Mongolian government in 1991. Since then, more than 600 Volunteers have served in Mongolia, working in the fields of education, environment, health, small business development, information and communications technology (ICT) and nongovernmental organization (NGO) capacity building. All Peace Corps Volunteers in Mongolia are considered community development workers and, as such, support community service activities as well as cross-sector initiatives including youth development, gender and development, HIV/AIDS awareness, and ICT. Currently, 104 Volunteers work in provinces throughout Mongolia.
The mission of Peace Corps/Mongolia Volunteers and staff is to provide community-based development assistance that addresses needs identified by Mongolian partners, and to promote cross-cultural understanding between Americans and Mongolians. Peace Corps/Mongolia programs emphasize sustainable community development and capacity building that rely on locally available resources.
Future of Peace Corps Programming
During the next few years, Peace Corps/Mongolia will focus on English education, community health, community economic development and youth development. A brief overview of Peace Corps/Mongolia’s projects follows.
The English education and community development project builds the capacity of English teachers by teaching students studying to become future English teachers, assisting in accessing English language resources, introducing promising education methods, and facilitating community development projects.
Volunteers in the community-based health project assist with community health education, help update medical professionals and medical students with medical English knowledge, facilitate preventive health initiatives, and work with local teachers to educate secondary school students about healthy life skills.
Community economic development (CED) Volunteers share skills and knowledge of promising business practices to help increase income generation opportunities for Mongolians. Additionally, CED Volunteers increase the capacity of Mongolian professionals to support income-generation projects and development efforts in both rural and peri-urban settings around Mongolia.
Youth development Volunteers increase the capacity of Mongolian youth to overcome challenging life circumstances and become young adults who contribute to improving the quality of life for themselves, their families, and their communities. Volunteers work with youth-focused NGOs, children’s centers, schools, and civil society organizations to address major challenges confronting Mongolian youth today, such as education, life skills, employability and leadership.
To further support Mongolia’s development priorities and to strengthen the role of all Volunteers in community service and development, cross-sector initiatives in youth development, life skills, gender and development, HIV/AIDS awareness, and information and ICT will be pursued more extensively incollaboration with both Mongolian and international partners.