First Post-Ebola, Two-Year Peace Corps Volunteers Prepare to Take Up Assignments in 15 Counties

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Monrovia, August 19, 2016) – From 1962-1990 and 2008-2014 the Peace Corps has proudly placed over 4,000 Volunteers in Liberia. In August 2014, 108 Peace Corps Volunteers were evacuated from high schools, teacher training institutes, and universities in 14 Liberian counties due to the Ebola outbreak. Since then, Peace Corps has been adamant that Volunteers would return to Liberia.  In June and October of 2015, and January of 2016, we celebrated the arrival of 23 Peace Corps Response Volunteers who taught math and science in high schools, supported future educators at teacher training institutions, and piloted literacy and malaria activities.

The Peace Corps Liberia program continues to focus on education in Liberia. Today, we are happy to place 50 two-year Volunteers at government high schools in all 15 counties, as well as seven one-year Response Volunteers who will serve as part of the Peace Corps public/private partnership with Seed Global Health, known as Global Health Services Partnership (GHSP).  These doctors, nurses, midwives, and anesthetist educators will be placed at training institutions and medical facilities. The Peace Corps, Ministry of Education, and Ministry of Health are working collaboratively to coordinate activities which will improve the lives of students in Liberia.

The Government of Liberia continues to make significant contributions to the Peace Corps Liberia program by granting Peace Corps full-time access to the presidential lodge complex in Margibi County.

Peace Corps is honored to work in partnership with the Government of Liberia to assist in rebuilding the education and health sectors and to create the next generation of leaders in Liberia.