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The East African nation of Ethiopia was one of the first countries to invite Peace Corps to establish its program in 1962, just one year after the Peace Corps was founded. The primary focus of the program was on education, with the goal of training skilled workers and promoting economic development. In addition, Volunteers worked in agriculture, basic education, tourism, health, economic development and teaching English as a foreign language.
Peace Corps History
Main article: History of the Peace Corps in Ethiopia
Peace Corps/Ethiopia is one of the oldest Peace Corps programs. The first group of Peace Corps Volunteers arrived in Ethiopia (including present-day Eritrea) in September 1962, with 279 secondary school teachers. Volunteers worked in both secondary and vocational/technical schools, with others working in the health, small business, rural development, law, and agriculture sectors. From 1962 to 1977, Peace Corps/Ethiopia was one of the largest Peace Corps programs in the world. More than 3,000 Volunteers served in the country before Peace Corps terminated the program in 1977 due to the unstable political situation.
Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyle
Main article: Living conditions and volunteer lifestyles in Ethiopia
As a Volunteer, you will most likely live in a peri-urban or small town and have electricity and a water source at your house, although these services suffer frequent outages and shortages in Ethiopia. When it comes to your housing, you should not lose sight of the guiding goal of the Peace Corps. Maintain your focus on service to the people of Ethiopia and not on the level of your accommodations.
Main article: Training in Ethiopia
Pre-service training (PST) will be busy for everyone. Often you will work over eight hours a day before returning to your host family in the evening. Be prepared for a rigorous and full schedule. Training will be conducted by Ethiopian staff members and current Volunteers who will serve as valuable resources for dealing with the many questions that will arise. PST covers five major topics:
Health Care and Safety
Main article: Health care and safety in Ethiopia
The Peace Corps’ highest priority is maintaining the good health and safety of every Volunteer. Peace Corps medical programs emphasize the preventive, rather than the curative, approach to disease. The Peace Corps in Ethiopia maintains a clinic with a full-time medical officer, who takes care of Volunteers’ primary health care needs. Additional medical services, such as testing and basic treatment, are also available in Ethiopia at local hospitals. If you become seriously ill, you will be transported either to an American-standard medical facility in the region or to the United States.
Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues
Main article: Diversity and cross-cultural issues in Ethiopia
Peace Corps News
- Peace Corps Diary: Ethiopia 1962-1964 Part 19 - International Policy Digest
International Policy DigestPeace Corps Diary: Ethiopia 1962-1964 Part 19
International Policy Digest
In addition to many Ethiopians there were Indians, Peace Corps teachers and a couple from Britain, Pamela (Hebe) and Larry Marsdon. Larry was a New Zealander and Hebe was English. We were told her nickname, ?Hebe,? (cup bearer to the gods) was ...
- Seven Polar Bears working abroad with the Peace Corps - The Bowdoin Orient
[?]Seven Polar Bears working abroad with the Peace Corps
The Bowdoin Orient
Purushotham had originally applied to the Peace Corps fall of her senior year, and when her application was finally accepted, she left Singapore for Ethiopia. There, she works as a community health volunteer with a focus on HIV/AIDS and economic ...
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- Brandeis among Peace Corps' top volunteer-producing schools - Wicked Local
[?]Brandeis among Peace Corps' top volunteer-producing schools
14 among small schools, with 12 undergraduate alumni currently volunteering worldwide. Brandeis last ranked as a Peace Corps' Top College in 2008. Brandeis alumni are currently serving as volunteers in Ecuador, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Guinea, Kenya, ...
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- County parks get a resource manager - The Almanac Online
[?]County parks get a resource manager
The Almanac Online
Ramona Arechiga, a Peace Corps volunteer who served in Ethiopia and has a masters degree in forest resources from Oregon State University, is the new -- and the first -- natural resources manager for the San Mateo County Parks Department. "When I was ...
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- Mendham grad fights AIDS in Ethiopia - New Jersey Hills
[?]Mendham grad fights AIDS in Ethiopia
New Jersey Hills
There are 201 Peace Corps volunteers in Ethiopia working in the areas of education, health, agriculture and environment. Volunteers learn to speak the local languages, including Amharic, Oromifa and Tigrinya. More than 3,355 Peace Corps volunteers have ...
- Wesleyan among Peace Corps' top volunteer-producing universities - Middletown Press
[?]Wesleyan among Peace Corps' top volunteer-producing universities
Wesleyan alumni currently serve as volunteers in Burkina Faso, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Liberia, Madagascar, Morocco, Nepal, Nicaragua, Tanzania, Vanuatu and Zambia, according to the release. They work in sectors including business, education, English ...
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PEACE CORPS JOURNALS
( As of Sunday March 16, 2014 )
Contributions to the Ethiopia Country Fund will support Volunteer and community projects that will take place in Ethiopia. These projects include water and sanitation, agricultural development, and youth programs.
Peace Corps Press Release