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Ghana has the distinction of being the first country in the world to welcome the Peace Corps. The first group of 52 Volunteers arrived in Ghana on August 30, 1961. Since that time, more than 3,700 Volunteers have served here successfully. Ghana's stable government, commitment to democracy, and extensive efforts to reform its economy are the key factors that contribute to the Peace Corps' impact. Ghana's government promotes a number of education reforms and community development initiatives that the Peace Corps supports through programs in education, small enterprise development, environment, and health.
CORRECTION: Note error in the second sentence of the introduction (above) regarding number of volunteers: The first group of 52 Volunteers arrived in Ghana on August 30, 1961. Only 50 members of Ghana 1 arrived in Ghana on August 30, 1961. (A 51st volunteer in that group arrived about a month later.) See note from Robert Klein in section labeled "History."
Peace Corps History
Main article: History of the Peace Corps in Ghana
Ghana was the first country in the world to receive Peace Corps Volunteers. The program began with 50 Volunteers arriving on August 30, 1961. Currently, 45 years later, there are 130 Volunteers and trainees working in the fields of health and water and sanitation, HIV/AIDS, Guinea Worm disease eradication, junior and secondary school teaching, small business development, and environment. Peace Corps/Ghana brings in approximately 75 new trainees each year. Volunteers work in all 10 regions of Ghana.
Peace Corps has been a witness to the successes and challenges of Ghana’s modern post-colonial political, economic and social development. In this period, the changing political landscape has had a direct impact on economic and social development as the nation has forged its identity in the context of an increasingly globalized world. After 45 years, the government of Ghana continues to request assistance from Peace Corps because there is still much work to be done.
Invitees and Trainees Corner
Main article: Invitees and Trainees Corner
Section articles: Living conditions and volunteer lifestyles in Ghana, Diversity and cross-cultural issues in Ghana, Health care and safety in Ghana, Pre-Departure Checklist, Packing list for Ghana, Training in Ghana, and FAQs about Peace Corps in Ghana.
Main article: Volunteer Corner
This section is meant to provide current PCVs (Peace Corps Volunteers) with available resources (materials and contacts) in-country.
The Emeritus Corner
Main article: Emeritus Corner
This section is meant to provide information for RPCVs (Returned Peace Corps Volunteers) and soon-to-be RPCVs. Content that provides advice for: mailing packages to the States, where to look for jobs (including within Peace Corps), how to market Peace Corps on your resume, graduate school information, taking the GRE and GMAT, and any other useful information.
Peace Corps News
- NCSU alumna recounts Peace Corps experiences - N.C. State University Technician Online
[?]NCSU alumna recounts Peace Corps experiences
N.C. State University Technician Online
... the best experience of her life volunteering with the Peace Corps but she also faced many challenges. Ernest spoke to members of the International Club on Wednesday night in Withers Hall about her time serving in a village in the western region of Ghana.
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- Peace Corps leader to address students at 3 Twin Cities schools - Minneapolis Star Tribune
[?]Peace Corps leader to address students at 3 Twin Cities schools
Minneapolis Star Tribune
... the Cold War, the Peace Corps was intended to bring the United States closer to other countries and build a web of friendly relations with often fragile governments. The corps' first mission materialized with the arrival of 51 teachers in Ghana in August 1961.
- Former Peace Corps Volunteer Wins Global Atlanta Holiday Contest - GlobalAtlanta
[?]Former Peace Corps Volunteer Wins Global Atlanta Holiday Contest
Susan Caster, who served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana from 1977-81, was the winner of Global Atlanta's ?Winter Wonderland? contest held over the Christmas holidays. The contest asked respondents to identify the countries on the basis of the ...
- UMW falls in Peace Corps rankings - The Bullet
[?]UMW falls in Peace Corps rankings
?They hold several Peace Corps related events which provide their students with necessary information.? According to the press release, Parker, works in Ghana as a health and sanitation volunteer. Parker is trying to add health education to the junior and ...
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- UVM Again Ranks Fifth Among Peace Corps Volunteer-Producing Universities - UVM News
[?]UVM Again Ranks Fifth Among Peace Corps Volunteer-Producing Universities
UVM alumni are currently serving as volunteers in Benin, Botswana, Cambodia, Cameroon, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Fiji, The Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Kenya, Kyrgyz Republic, Madagascar, Mexico, Micronesia, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Senegal, ...
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PEACE CORPS JOURNALS
( As of Friday March 7, 2014 )