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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. (A 51st volunteer in that group arrived about a month later.) 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. And Peace Corps has been a witness the reform of Ghana through its successes and challenges in the post-colonial history of Ghana.
Currently, 50 years later, there are over 100 Volunteers and trainees working in the fields of health and water and sanitation, education, small business development and environment. Peace Corps/Ghana brings in approximately 75 new trainees each year. Volunteers work in all 10 regions of Ghana.
Invitees and Trainees Corner
- 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
- FAQs about Peace Corps in Ghana
Check out the Peace Corps Channel on YouTube to see what is going on in Peace Corps around the world.
Learn a little about Twi the most widely spoken language in Ghana.
The List of resources for Ghana page lists the available resources (materials and contacts) in-country, along with websites that contain more information.
The Project Bank is a form of knowledge management that helps PCVs share valuable organizational insight. This is knowledge that will: reduce the occurrences of reinventing the wheel; maintain intellectual capital as PCVs turnover; extend cross-sector collaboration due to the elevation of common knowledge, which will also increase the scope of projects; and reduce the time needed to adapt to changing environments or initiatives.
The ICT Manual is a guide for constructing and organizing a computer lab from breaking ground to efficiently networking computers. It is currently under construction and will soon replace the ICT Wiki.
The Art Manual is a guide for art teachers in Ghana. It contains lesson plans, art project ideas and where to find materials in Ghana.
PCVs do not only have the opportunity to get involved in their communities, but they are also able to contribute to the PCV organizations below:
- Peace Corps Audio-Visual Club (PCAVC)
The Emeritus Corner
Main article: Emeritus Corner
This section will 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.
- Graduate school advice (including advice for taking the GRE and GMAT)
- RPCV Job Search
- Volunteers who served in Ghana
Peace Corps News
- NCSU alumna recounts Peace Corps experiences - N.C. State University Technician Online (Feb 27)
- Peace Corps leader to address students at 3 Twin Cities schools - Minneapolis Star Tribune (Feb 17)
- Former Peace Corps Volunteer Wins Global Atlanta Holiday Contest - GlobalAtlanta (Feb 14)
- UMW falls in Peace Corps rankings - The Bullet (Feb 12)
- UVM Again Ranks Fifth Among Peace Corps Volunteer-Producing Universities - UVM News (Feb 11)
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( As of Saturday March 8, 2014 )