From Peace Corps Wiki
|Peace Corps Welcome Book|
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
- Peace Corps Education Volunteers Sworn In - Ghana
[?]Peace Corps Education Volunteers Sworn In
The US Ambassador to Ghana, Ambassador Gene A. Cretz, has said he looked up to Peace Corps Volunteers as the best and brightest thing that the US had to offer to serve as grassroots Ambassadors of the United States. ?Working diligently in your ...
and more »
- Idaho ranks seventh highest in number of Peace Corps volunteers - Idaho State Journal
[?]Idaho ranks seventh highest in number of Peace Corps volunteers
Idaho State Journal
?Idaho continues to prove fertile ground for the skills, experience and global-mindedness Peace Corps values in its volunteers.? Idaho Falls resident Debra Bonkoski served as a math Teacher in Ghana. She says that the small town feel she found in Idaho was ...
and more »
- Peace Corps - MTPR
- Peace Corps connected many in New Mexico to JFK - HispanicBusiness.com
[?]Peace Corps connected many in New Mexico to JFK
He had just finished dinner, and he and some other Peace Corps volunteers were sitting around their house in Saltpond, a small community on the coast of Ghana, when they began picking up reports on their shortwave radio that President John F. Kennedy ...
and more »
PEACE CORPS JOURNALS
( As of Saturday December 21, 2013 )