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For main article see: [[Current Volunteers]]
 
The following are highlights from '''2011'''
 
See others that have made the front page of the wiki:
 
*[[Previous_volunteer_news_2010_highlights|2010 Highlights]]
 
*[[Previous_volunteer_news_2009_highlights|2009 Highlights]]
 
*[[Previous_volunteer_news_2008_highlights |2008 Highlights]]
 
  
The following articles and videos are the results of independent video projects and writing of current and recently returned volunteers:
 
  
  
=2011 Highlights =
 
==Week 1 Jan 2011==
 
[[Image:Capitol.gif|300px|link=Congressional_Appropriations]] <br> Happy New Year! [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/111th_United_States_Congress The 111th US Congress] ends with defeats for all three of [[Congressional_Appropriations|Peace Corps legislative priorities]]: [[Congressional_Appropriations#Doubling_Campaign|Peace Corps doubling]], [[Congressional_Appropriations#Peace_Corps_Authorization|Peace Corps authorizatiohttp://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Previous_volunteer_news_2011_highlights?title=Previous_volunteer_news_2011_highlights&action=editn]], and a [[Congressional_Appropriations#Peace_Corps_monument_H.R._4195|Peace Corps monument]] on the Mall. How does this effect [[Advice for applicants|THOSE APPLYING]] to Peace Corps today? Read more [[Advice for applicants]]. [[Peter Hessler]] details legislative priorities Read <small>[http://bit.ly/eHHsGN more....]</small>
 
==Week 2 Jan 2011==
 
[[Image:20_20_logo.jpg|300px|link=http://abcn.ws/gbG3Tr]] <br>
 
[http://abcn.ws/gbG3Tr 20/20 Broadcast January 14 at 10 pm ET] an '''[http://bit.ly/geCuti Investigative Report on the Peace Corps]'''. An hour long report by [http://abcn.ws/gbG3Tr ABC News] reporters.
 
==Week 3 Jan 2011==
 
[[Image:First-Action-Response.gif|433px|link=http://bit.ly/gxNTQs]] <br>
 
Several '''bold''' RPCVs were interviewed on [http://abcn.ws/gbG3Tr ABC News 20/20 January 14th] for a half hour '''[http://bit.ly/geCuti Investigative Report on the Peace Corps]'''. '''''"[http://bit.ly/gxNTQs First Response Action] advocates for a stronger Peace Corps response for Volunteers who are survivors or victims of physical and sexual violence. We envision a Peace Corps with policies that reflect best practices in all areas of training, prevention and response. For more information email firstresponseaction@gmail.com"'''''
 
==Week 4 Jan 2011==
 
{{youtube|S8FIwYQI3Mo|400}} [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8FIwYQI3Mo Weekly ThirdGoal Contest] Share your photos, stories, and videos for chance to win a prize every Sunday before 11:59pm PST. Check out http://www.thirdgoal.org for more information.
 
  
==Week 5 Feb 2011==
 
[[Image:NPCA-Williams-Response.gif|400px|link=NPCA_Letter_to_Director_Williams_and_Response]]
 
<br>[[Whistle Blowers get no mention in NPCA Letter to Director Williams and Response]] relating to the ABC News [http://bit.ly/h32Jbl 20/20 Peace Corps Report] which has been making waves in Washington DC, see [http://bit.ly/gMcTbS Congressman Ted Poe on the House Floor]. ABC's Chief Investigative Journalist [http://abcn.ws/hM7Qgk Brian Ross] interviews [[Chuck Ludlam]] and [[Paula Hirschoff]] on [http://abcn.ws/gHD6xm What Happened to the Peace Corps?]. In the interview the [http://bit.ly/gEDVZE Iron Law of Bureaucracy] is cited as a reason for the agency's current state.
 
  
==Week 6 Feb 2011==
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The first group of Peace Corps Volunteers in Uganda were secondary school teachers who arrived on November 16, 1964. A year later, the education project consisted of 35 Volunteers. By 1967, the project had more than doubled in size. A health project was initiated in 1968 with the placement of 15 Volunteers. Once the Peace Corps program in Uganda expanded, the major programming area was education, with Volunteers also working in fisheries, agriculture, computer programming, and surveying. The Peace Corps terminated the program in Uganda in 1972 due to the civil unrest during Idi Amin’s presidency.
[[Image:Abc_brianross.jpg|400px|link=http://abcn.ws/hsmAX3]]
 
[http://abcn.ws/hsmAX3 ABC's] Chief Investigative Journalist [http://abcn.ws/hsmAX3 Brian Ross] interviews [[Chuck Ludlam]] and [[Paula Hirschoff]] on [http://abcn.ws/hsmAX3 What Happened to the Peace Corps?].[[Whistle Blowers get no mention in NPCA Letter to Director Williams and Response]]
 
  
==Week 7-8 Feb 2011==
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Discussions concerning the Peace Corps’ reentry into Uganda began in 1987 and continued in 1989 when President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and his wife met with the Peace Corps director to discuss a renewed Peace Corps presence in Uganda. Nine months later, the Peace Corps received a formal invitation from the Government of Uganda. The 1964 agreement was then reactivated and Volunteers returned to Uganda in June 1991.
  
[[Image:Matthew_Peak_letter_to_Director_Williams.jpg|400px|link=http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/images/2_14_11_Matthew_Peake_letter_to_Director_Williams.pdf]]<br>
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The projects during this period—primary education, small enterprise development, and natural resource management—aimed to address needs identified by the government in its efforts to rehabilitate and reform Uganda’s educational system, develop the private sector, and effectively manage the country’s vast natural resources.Because of security issues in the capital, Kampala, the program was suspended again in May 1999. In June 2001, Peace Corps/Uganda reopened with a single project in primary teacher training and community school resource teaching. A community well-being and positive-living project was initiated in May 2002. Approximately 60 Volunteers are currently serving in Uganda.  
[[Matthew Peake]] PCV [[Fiji]] writes to '''Director Williams''': "...In the last decade it was more likely a female PCV was sexually assaulted or raped (4.16%) than it was for a US soldier serving during the Iraq war (2003-2009) to be killed (0.28%) or wounded (2.0%) in action." He then asks: "Why does Peace Corps continue to place young women alone in 3rd world countries when faced with these overwhelming assault
 
statistics?" and the "...highest percentage of political appointees of an agency in Washington..." <small>[http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/images/2_14_11_Matthew_Peake_letter_to_Director_Williams.pdf Letter]</small>
 
  
==Week 9 March 2011==
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===History and Future of Peace Corps Programming in Uganda ===
  
[[Image:360-review-whistle-blower.jpg|400px|link=http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/images/Doc_bundle_PC_response_to_whistler_blower_after_20_20.pdf]]
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In the first of the two current programs in Uganda, the Peace Corps provides Volunteer teacher trainers in support of the Ministry of Education’s Teacher Development and Management System. Volunteers serve at coordinating centers and at Primary Teachers Colleges, where they work hand-inhand with Ugandan education professionals. Each two-person team provides in-service training support to a cluster of between 10 and 120 surrounding schools. They train teachers and headteachers to improve education within schools, mobilize communities to support their primary schools, and work with communities and schools to mitigate the impact of HIV/ AIDS on the education system.  
<br>[[Whistle Blowers get no mention in NPCA Letter to Director Williams and Response]] relating to the ABC News [http://bit.ly/h32Jbl 20/20 Peace Corps Report] which has been making waves in Washington DC, see [http://bit.ly/gMcTbS Congressman Ted Poe on the House Floor]. ABC's Chief Investigative Journalist [http://abcn.ws/hM7Qgk Brian Ross] interviews [[Chuck Ludlam]] and [[Paula Hirschoff]] on [http://abcn.ws/gHD6xm What Happened to the Peace Corps?]. In the interview the [http://bit.ly/gEDVZE Iron Law of Bureaucracy] is cited as a reason for the agency's current state. [[FOIA]] response [[FOIA_11061|11-061]] is revealing about [[Whistle_Blowers_get_no_mention_in_NPCA_Letter_to_Director_Williams_and_Response#Handling_of_Volunteer_.2F_Trainee_Allegations|agency priorities]]. A Congressional hearing is planned for [http://firstresponseaction.blogspot.com/2011/02/first-response-action-requests-your.html late March 2011].
 
  
==Week 12 2011==
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Improving the delivery of primary education requires more than improved teaching, however. It also requires the commitment of parents and community leaders to make each school sustainable and to ensure its continued improvement. Thus, Volunteer teacher trainers also help develop links between schools and communities. If you have been invited to join this project, you have been selected on the basis of expertise in one of the following fields: early childhood development or pedagogy, information technology, health, natural resources management, or community development. You will use your particular interests and expertise as a window through which you engage schools and surrounding communities. Along with intensive work with teachers and school administrators, you might be the catalyst for developing clubs and workshops, you might promote exhibits and newsletters, or you might work with community groups to support income-generating activities for youth affected by HIV/AIDS. The list of potential activities is endless.
[[Image:Medcheck.jpg|400px|link=http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Medical_Information#An_RPCV_looks_at_the_Peace_Corps_Screening_and_Medical_Clearance_Process]]
 
*[[Medical_Information#An_RPCV_looks_at_the_Peace_Corps_Screening_and_Medical_Clearance_Process|An RPCV looks at the PC Screening and Medical Clearance Process ]]
 
*[[Medical_Clearance_System]]
 
*[[Advice for applicants]]
 
  
==Week 13-16 2011==
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The Peace Corps’ other current effort, the community wellbeing and positive-living project, assists the Ministry of Health in preparing innovative, community-based training programs for its community health workers. Volunteers also support community-based organizations that are working to integrate the myriad health concerns of Ugandan villages ravaged by HIV/AIDS with the benefits of a positive-living approach. Uganda ranks among the countries most severely affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic, but it is also one of the few success stories, in that it has reduced infection rates dramatically. The government’s commitment, the willingness to compromise on the part of churches and other institutions, extraordinary sacrifices on the part of many individuals living with HIV and AIDS, and the growth of community-based organizations to educate and care for affected people have all contributed to this success. Nonetheless, the infection rate remains at about 10 percent of adults, according to the United Nations AIDS agency, UNAIDS. Education and behavioral change programs must be broadened. Lessons learned about the benefits of living positively (actively seeking physical, mental, emotional, and environmental health) must be spread beyond the population of people living with HIV and AIDS. Ways of supporting home-based care must be augmented, and assistance to orphans needs creative approaches.
[[Image:crimes.jpg|200px|link=http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/images/OIGSARC.pdf]]
 
*[http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/images/OIGSARC.pdf Violent Crimes Against Peace Corps Volunteers 1989 – 2010 (As reported in the Office of Inspector General’s Semiannual Reports to Congress)]
 
*[[FOIA|Freedom of Information Act]]
 
*[[Advice for applicants]]
 
  
==Week 17-18 2011==
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===Assignment History===
[[Image:GlobalVSCover2010.jpg|300px||link=http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/images/Global_VS2010.pdf]][[Image:Vsreports.jpg|300px||link=http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/images/Global_VS2010.pdf]]
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{| border="1" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="0"
*The [[Volunteer Surveys]] are the annual surveys of all volunteers conducted by the Office of Strategic Information, Research and Planning
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|-
*The most current report is: [http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/images/Global_VS2010.pdf2010 Global 2010 Annual Volunteer Survey]
+
| align="center" | '''[[Sector]]''' || '''[[Assignment]]''' || '''[[Beg. Yr]]''' || '''[[End. Yr]]'''
 +
|-
 +
| rowspan="4" align="center"| '''[[Agriculture]]'''
 +
| [[Ag Economics]]
 +
| [[1997]]
 +
| [[2008]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Ag Extension]]
 +
| [[1996]]
 +
| [[2008]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Crop Extension]]
 +
| [[1994]]
 +
| [[1994]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Farm Mechanics]]
 +
| [[1991]]
 +
| [[1993]]
 +
|-
 +
| rowspan="3" align="center"| '''[[Business]]'''
 +
| [[Business Advising]]
 +
| [[1992]]
 +
| [[2008]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Business Development]]
 +
| [[2008]]
 +
| [[2008]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[NGO Advising]]
 +
| [[2004]]
 +
| [[2008]]
 +
|-
 +
| rowspan="1" align="center"| '''[[Crisis Corps]]'''
 +
| [[Crisis Corps]]
 +
| [[1998]]
 +
| [[2007]]
 +
|-
 +
| rowspan="8" align="center"| '''[[Education]]'''
 +
| [[English Teacher]]
 +
| [[1966]]
 +
| [[2008]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[English Teacher Trainer]]
 +
| [[2008]]
 +
| [[2008]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Industrial Arts]]
 +
| [[1991]]
 +
| [[1993]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Math Teacher Trainer]]
 +
| [[1992]]
 +
| [[1992]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Prim-Ed/Teach Trn]]
 +
| [[1993]]
 +
| [[2008]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Secondary-Ed Math]]
 +
| [[1966]]
 +
| [[2008]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Secondary-Ed Sci.]]
 +
| [[1992]]
 +
| [[2008]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Univ. English Teaching]]
 +
| [[1966]]
 +
| [[1966]]
 +
|-
 +
| rowspan="3" align="center"| '''[[Environment]]'''
 +
| [[Environmental Ed.]]
 +
| [[1992]]
 +
| [[1998]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Forestry]]
 +
| [[1993]]
 +
| [[1995]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Protected Areas Management]]
 +
| [[1991]]
 +
| [[2008]]
 +
|-
 +
| rowspan="7" align="center"| '''[[Health]]'''
 +
| [[Disease Control]]
 +
| [[1968]]
 +
| [[1968]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Envir. and Water Resource]]
 +
| [[1969]]
 +
| [[2007]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Health Degreed]]
 +
| [[1972]]
 +
| [[2008]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Health Extension]]
 +
| [[2002]]
 +
| [[2008]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Home Econ/Ext.]]
 +
| [[1966]]
 +
| [[1966]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Hygiene Ed/Sanitation]]
 +
| [[2002]]
 +
| [[2008]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Nursing]]
 +
| [[1993]]
 +
| [[1993]]
 +
|-
 +
| rowspan="1" align="center"| '''[[Other]]'''
 +
| [[Unique Skill]]
 +
| [[1992]]
 +
| [[1992]]
 +
|-
 +
| rowspan="1" align="center"| '''[[UNV]]'''
 +
| [[United Nations Volunteer]]
 +
| [[1985]]
 +
| [[2005]]
 +
|-
 +
| rowspan="3" align="center"| '''[[Youth and Community Development]]'''
 +
| [[Commun. Serv/Deg.]]
 +
| [[1992]]
 +
| [[2008]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Mechanics]]
 +
| [[1991]]
 +
| [[1995]]
 +
|-
 +
| [[Youth Development]]
 +
| [[2008]]
 +
| [[2008]]
 +
|-
 +
|}
  
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[[Category:Uganda]]
==Week 19 2011==
 
[[Image:Capitol.gif|300px|link=Ludlam_statement_House_Congressional_hearing_May_11_2011]] <br> [http://1.usa.gov/ip7dne House Congressional Hearing] today 9:30am will be available on the [http://foreignaffairs.house.gov/ committee website] and                 
 
[http://www.c-spanvideo.org/schedule CSPAN]. The following statements are from the women testifying this morning:
 
*[http://peacecorpswiki.org/images/Clark_Written_Testimony.pdf Clark Written Testimony]
 
*[http://peacecorpswiki.org/images/Koenen_Written_Testimony.pdf Koenen Written Testimony]
 
*[http://peacecorpswiki.org/images/Smocheck_Written_Testimony.pdf Smocheck Written Testimony]
 
'''''"...The Peace Corps has been tenacious in suppressing bad publicity. It conceals information about the many Volunteers who [[ET|quit early]] and the serious problems revealed in its Volunteer [[2008_Volunteer_Survey|survey results]]. During the recent campaign to [[Congressional_Appropriations#Doubling_Campaign|expand the number of Volunteers]] in the field, the Peace Corps and [[NPCA|National Peace Corps Association]] quashed [[Peace_Corps_Volunteer_Empowerment_Act|pending reform]] legislation and [[Congressional_Appropriations#Peace_Corps_Authorization|discussion of reforms]]. Moreover, the Volunteers have little incentive to speak up for change. Instead, many [[ET|quit early in frustration]], often blaming themselves for the problems they experienced...."''''' <br>       
 
- [[Chuck Ludlam]] RPCV [[Nepal|Nepal 1968-70]] & [[Senegal|Senegal 2005-07]] <br>
 
*How does this effect [[Advice for applicants|THOSE APPLYING]] to Peace Corps today?                       
 
*[http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/abortion-quit-raped-peace-corps-volunteer-forced-choose/ ABC News Coverage]
 
*[[Peter Hessler]] details legislative priorities Read <small>[http://bit.ly/eHHsGN more....]</small>
 
*[http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/11/us/11corps.html New York Times - Peace Corps Volunteers Speak Out on Rape]
 
*[http://firstresponseaction.blogspot.com First Response Action]
 
 
 
==Week 20-30 2011==
 
[[Image:1280_congressial.jpg|300px|link=http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/images/S.1280_Peace_Corps_Act.pdf]]<br>
 
[http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/images/S.1280_Peace_Corps_Act.pdf The Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act] "...develop and implement comprehensive sexual assault risk-reduction and response training that is based upon best practices in the sexual assault field to respond to reports of sexual assault." [http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/images/S.1280_Peace_Corps_Act.pdf 1280_Peace_Corps_Act]
 
For more information: http://www.katesvoice.net/ and http://firstresponseaction.org/
 
 
 
==Week 36 2011==
 
[[Image:Wp.png|300px|link=http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/crimes-against-volunteers-vex-peace-corps/2011/08/04/gIQALCuaSJ_story.html]]<br> [http://www.washingtonpost.com/lisa-rein/2011/03/04/ABdrNsN_page.html Lisa Rien] "...[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/crimes-against-volunteers-vex-peace-corps/2011/08/04/gIQALCuaSJ_story.html The Post reported Sunday] on how the Peace Corps responds when a volunteer overseas is a crime victim. Almost three years ago, the agency shifted responsibility from trained federal agents working for the inspector general’s office to the Peace Corps’ local security staff overseas...'''We want to hear from current and former volunteers or anyone else associated with the Peace Corps. What are your views of the current system, and is it working? What have your experiences been with violent crime in the Peace Corps? Please respond below.'''
 
*<big>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/post/call-out-to-peace-corps-community/2011/08/22/gIQANv98VJ_blog.html Washington Post Response Form]</big>
 
*[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/post/peace-corps-volunteers-share-their-stories-about-crime-overseas/2011/03/23/gIQAxI0KbJ_blog.html Volunteer responses posted by the Washington Post]
 
 
 
==Week 39 2011==
 
[[Image:Wp.png|300px|link=http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/post/former-volunteers-sue-peace-corps/2011/03/23/gIQAHh3AvJ_blog.html]]<br> [http://www.washingtonpost.com/lisa-rein/2011/03/04/ABdrNsN_page.html Lisa Rien] <big>"...[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/post/former-volunteers-sue-peace-corps/2011/03/23/gIQAHh3AvJ_blog.html Former volunteers sue Peace Corps] A federal lawsuit alleges that the organization withheld data that could help volunteers..."</big>
 
[http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/images/Legal_Filing_Peace_Corps_FOIA_Complaint_August_31.pdf NEW Lawsuit over FOIA request:]
 
'''Specifically, Plaintiffs seek disclosure of the individual Country Reports (hereinafter, “country-by-country breakouts” or
 
“breakout surveys”) prepared from the responses to the Peace Corps Volunteer 2009 Annual Volunteer Survey (“2009 AVS”) and the responses to the Peace Corps Volunteer 2010 Annual Volunteer Survey (“2010 AVS”).'''
 
----
 
[http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/sexual-assault-and-the-peace-corps/2011/09/01/gIQAxIDZ2J_story.html Letter to Washington Post Editor] in response to last week's [http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/crimes-against-volunteers-vex-peace-corps/2011/08/04/gIQALCuaSJ_story.html front page story]
 
[http://www.washingtonpost.com/lisa-rein/2011/03/04/ABdrNsN_page.html Lisa Rien] "...
 
'''We want to hear from current and former volunteers or anyone else associated with the Peace Corps. What are your views of the current system, and is it working? What have your experiences been with violent crime in the Peace Corps? Please respond below.'''
 
*<big>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/post/call-out-to-peace-corps-community/2011/08/22/gIQANv98VJ_blog.html Washington Post Response Form]</big>
 
*[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/post/peace-corps-volunteers-share-their-stories-about-crime-overseas/2011/03/23/gIQAxI0KbJ_blog.html Volunteer responses posted by the Washington Post]
 
 
 
==Week 40 2011==
 
<html><body><iframe width="425" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/R_AHKVjnKtU?hl=en&fs=1" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></body></html><br>
 
[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c112:H.R.854:# H.R. 854] Hearing to "...To authorize the Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs...." [http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Peace_Corps_monument more]
 
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Memo by [[Whistle Blowers]] on the use and effectiveness of [http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Whistle_Blowers#III._Conclusion Peace Corps new rules].
 
"...From this episode, and everything presented above, it is hard to draw a conclusion other than that Peace Corps’ own policies and rules, even those recently promulgated to address matters like mine – the new [[Whistle Blower]] protection Rules – are fundamentally flawed...."
 
[http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Whistle_Blowers more]
 
==Week 44 2011==
 

Revision as of 02:51, 13 March 2009

History of the Peace Corps
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Since 1960, when then Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries, more than 182,000 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in 138 countries all over the globe.

See also:



The first group of Peace Corps Volunteers in Uganda were secondary school teachers who arrived on November 16, 1964. A year later, the education project consisted of 35 Volunteers. By 1967, the project had more than doubled in size. A health project was initiated in 1968 with the placement of 15 Volunteers. Once the Peace Corps program in Uganda expanded, the major programming area was education, with Volunteers also working in fisheries, agriculture, computer programming, and surveying. The Peace Corps terminated the program in Uganda in 1972 due to the civil unrest during Idi Amin’s presidency.

Discussions concerning the Peace Corps’ reentry into Uganda began in 1987 and continued in 1989 when President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and his wife met with the Peace Corps director to discuss a renewed Peace Corps presence in Uganda. Nine months later, the Peace Corps received a formal invitation from the Government of Uganda. The 1964 agreement was then reactivated and Volunteers returned to Uganda in June 1991.

The projects during this period—primary education, small enterprise development, and natural resource management—aimed to address needs identified by the government in its efforts to rehabilitate and reform Uganda’s educational system, develop the private sector, and effectively manage the country’s vast natural resources.Because of security issues in the capital, Kampala, the program was suspended again in May 1999. In June 2001, Peace Corps/Uganda reopened with a single project in primary teacher training and community school resource teaching. A community well-being and positive-living project was initiated in May 2002. Approximately 60 Volunteers are currently serving in Uganda.

History and Future of Peace Corps Programming in Uganda

In the first of the two current programs in Uganda, the Peace Corps provides Volunteer teacher trainers in support of the Ministry of Education’s Teacher Development and Management System. Volunteers serve at coordinating centers and at Primary Teachers Colleges, where they work hand-inhand with Ugandan education professionals. Each two-person team provides in-service training support to a cluster of between 10 and 120 surrounding schools. They train teachers and headteachers to improve education within schools, mobilize communities to support their primary schools, and work with communities and schools to mitigate the impact of HIV/ AIDS on the education system.

Improving the delivery of primary education requires more than improved teaching, however. It also requires the commitment of parents and community leaders to make each school sustainable and to ensure its continued improvement. Thus, Volunteer teacher trainers also help develop links between schools and communities. If you have been invited to join this project, you have been selected on the basis of expertise in one of the following fields: early childhood development or pedagogy, information technology, health, natural resources management, or community development. You will use your particular interests and expertise as a window through which you engage schools and surrounding communities. Along with intensive work with teachers and school administrators, you might be the catalyst for developing clubs and workshops, you might promote exhibits and newsletters, or you might work with community groups to support income-generating activities for youth affected by HIV/AIDS. The list of potential activities is endless.

The Peace Corps’ other current effort, the community wellbeing and positive-living project, assists the Ministry of Health in preparing innovative, community-based training programs for its community health workers. Volunteers also support community-based organizations that are working to integrate the myriad health concerns of Ugandan villages ravaged by HIV/AIDS with the benefits of a positive-living approach. Uganda ranks among the countries most severely affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic, but it is also one of the few success stories, in that it has reduced infection rates dramatically. The government’s commitment, the willingness to compromise on the part of churches and other institutions, extraordinary sacrifices on the part of many individuals living with HIV and AIDS, and the growth of community-based organizations to educate and care for affected people have all contributed to this success. Nonetheless, the infection rate remains at about 10 percent of adults, according to the United Nations AIDS agency, UNAIDS. Education and behavioral change programs must be broadened. Lessons learned about the benefits of living positively (actively seeking physical, mental, emotional, and environmental health) must be spread beyond the population of people living with HIV and AIDS. Ways of supporting home-based care must be augmented, and assistance to orphans needs creative approaches.

Assignment History

Sector Assignment Beg. Yr End. Yr
Agriculture Ag Economics 1997 2008
Ag Extension 1996 2008
Crop Extension 1994 1994
Farm Mechanics 1991 1993
Business Business Advising 1992 2008
Business Development 2008 2008
NGO Advising 2004 2008
Crisis Corps Crisis Corps 1998 2007
Education English Teacher 1966 2008
English Teacher Trainer 2008 2008
Industrial Arts 1991 1993
Math Teacher Trainer 1992 1992
Prim-Ed/Teach Trn 1993 2008
Secondary-Ed Math 1966 2008
Secondary-Ed Sci. 1992 2008
Univ. English Teaching 1966 1966
Environment Environmental Ed. 1992 1998
Forestry 1993 1995
Protected Areas Management 1991 2008
Health Disease Control 1968 1968
Envir. and Water Resource 1969 2007
Health Degreed 1972 2008
Health Extension 2002 2008
Home Econ/Ext. 1966 1966
Hygiene Ed/Sanitation 2002 2008
Nursing 1993 1993
Other Unique Skill 1992 1992
UNV United Nations Volunteer 1985 2005
Youth and Community Development Commun. Serv/Deg. 1992 2008
Mechanics 1991 1995
Youth Development 2008 2008