Liberia

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US Peace Corps
Liberia


Status: ACTIVE
Staging:


American Overseas Staff (FY2010): FP 03 (Defendeifer, Darren, D, $ 78,505), FP 01 (Phillips, Lucianne, $ 134,576)


Latest Early Termination Rates (FOIA 11-058):


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Region:

Africa

Country Director:
Sectors:

Education
Health

Program Dates:

1962 - 1990
2008 - Present

Current Volunteers:

19

Total Volunteers:

3832

Languages Spoken:
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Peace Corps has a remarkable history in Liberia. More than 3,800 Volunteers served in Liberia between 1962 and 1990. During those years, Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) served in every facet of Liberia’s development efforts with an emphasis on education, agriculture, rural development, and health education. Although the program closed in 1994 due to civil war, the Peace Corps is still fondly remembered and well loved in Liberia; most people over the age of 30 had a Peace Corps teacher at some point during their education.

The Peace Corps re-entered Liberia with a team of 12 Peace Corps Response Volunteers (PCRVs) in October 2008. Peace Corps Response Volunteers have already served as Peace Corps Volunteers and came to Liberia already in possession of the appropriate technical and cross-cultural skills needed to make an immediate impact.

In 2010, Peace Corps/Liberia will begin transitioning to a full Peace Corps program, with the first group of Peace Corps Volunteers arriving in June 2010. These PCVs will be in the secondary education project, working as English, science, and math teachers. Peace Corps/Liberia will continue to utilize both PCVs and PCRVs as part of a complementary and solid response to the development needs of the country.

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Peace Corps History

Main article: History of the Peace Corps in Liberia

Liberia has a remarkable history with Peace Corps. More than 3,800 Volunteers served in Liberia between 1962 and 1990. During those years, Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) served in every facet of Liberia’s development efforts with an emphasis on education, agriculture, rural development, and health education. Although the program closed in 1990 due to civil war, the Peace Corps is still fondly remembered and well loved in Liberia; most people over the age of 30 had a Peace Corps teacher at some point during their education. The Peace Corps re-entered Liberia with a team of 12 Peace Corps Response Volunteers (PCRVs) in October 2008. Peace Corps Response Volunteers are returned Peace Corps Volunteers who undertake short-term assignments around the world.

In 2010, Peace Corps/Liberia began transitioning to a full Peace Corps program, with the first group of Peace Corps Volunteers arriving in June 2010. These PCVs will be in the secondary education project, working as English, science, and math teachers. Peace Corps/Liberia will continue to utilize both PCVs and PCRVs as part of a complementary and solid response to the development needs of the country.

Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyle

Main article: Living conditions and volunteer lifestyles in Liberia

Housing is in short supply in many regions of Liberia, so be prepared for very basic housing.

Volunteers are assigned to work under various ministries, but at the comunity level. Volunteer housing is provided by the host country; the ministries collaborate with local school authorities, community leaders, and partner organizations to secure housing. Some of the homes are equipped with electricity that may be provided for several hours daily, usually in the evening. Some homes will not have any electricity. Water will be available, but usually from nearby pumps and will have to be carried to the house.

Most Volunteers are assigned to schools and organizations in rural towns. Your workplace will be within walking distance of your home, but it might be a long walk! Dependent on community need, Peace Corps makes every effort to cluster Volunteers within reasonable distances of each other in order to promote collaborative efforts and minimize isolation. Some Volunteers might be placed in the same community. In this situation, Volunteers might have to share a house. You must be prepared to accept the living conditions to which you are assigned as you will be living under the same conditions as the people with and for whom you work. Peace Corps inspects all potential housing to ensure it meets our standards for health and safety.

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