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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
- 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
This section is meant to provide current PCVs (Peace Corps Volunteers) with available resources (materials and contacts) in-country.
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.
OpenBook is an online publication, or an open source notebook, of PCVs teaching activities and ideas. It is a malleable resource for PCVs to add their own ideas and update past contributions.
The ICT Manual is meant to be 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 Ghana Travel Guide is meant to serve as a guide to were to eat, to sleep and go when a PCV travels in the country.
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 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.
- Graduate school advice (including advice for taking the GRE and GMAT)
- RPCV Job Search
- Volunteers who served in Ghana
Peace Corps News
- Peace Corps Education Volunteers Sworn In - Ghana (Dec 17)
- Idaho ranks seventh highest in number of Peace Corps volunteers - Idaho State Journal (Dec 15)
- Peace Corps - MTPR (Dec 12)
- Idaho Ranks Among Peace Corps' Top Volunteer-Producing States in 2013 - Idaho State Journal (Dec 11)
- Peace Corps connected many in New Mexico to JFK - HispanicBusiness.com (Nov 22)
PEACE CORPS JOURNALS
( As of Thursday December 19, 2013 )