First Lady Michelle Obama and the Peace Corps Join Together to Expand Girls’ Education

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 3, 2015 – President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama today will announce a powerful collaboration with the Peace Corps to expand access to education for girls around the world. Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet will join the President and First Lady for the announcement of the Let Girls Learn initiative at the White House.

Peace Corps Let Girls Learn

Educating girls is essential to healthy and thriving communities, but globally, 62 million girls are not in school. Let Girls Learn will address that challenge by empowering local leaders to put lasting solutions in place that confront the barriers to girls’ education.

“Every girl matters, and when she is given the opportunity to get an education, everyone in her life benefits,” Hessler-Radelet said. “Peace Corps volunteers live and work at the grassroots level and develop strong relationships with local change-makers, which uniquely positions them to serve as catalysts for this community-led change.”

As part of Let Girls Learn, the Peace Corps and First Lady are making three specific commitments across 11 initial countries, including Albania, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Georgia, Ghana, Moldova, Mongolia, Mozambique, Togo and Uganda:

  • To build local capacity through targeted training, with a goal of training thousands of Peace Corps volunteers and tens of thousands of community leaders over the next six years to be champions of girls’ education.
  • To raise awareness among the American people and garner support for community-based solutions through the Peace Corps Partnership Program, which supports Peace Corps volunteer community projects worldwide, and the newly established Peace Corps Let Girls Learn Fund.
  • To increase Peace Corps volunteers’ impact as they work to break down barriers to girls’ education by aiming to recruit, train and place at least 650 additional volunteers in targeted countries to promote girls’ education and empowerment.

Last year, more than 82,000 girls and young women around the world participated in camps and youth clubs led by Peace Corps volunteers, and more than 2,000 Peace Corps volunteers led girls’ education and empowerment activities across 60 countries. From helping to start a school library to organizing a technology camp for girls, this collaboration will bring increased focus, resources and impact to the critical global issue of girls’ education.

Learn more and support Peace Corps’ Let Girls Learn efforts by visiting letgirlslearn.peacecorps.gov.

Happy Peace Corps Week!

Happy Peace Corps‬ Week! Join us in celebrating 54 years of world peace and friendship. ‪#‎PCWeek2015‬

Peace Corps Job of the Week: Secondary Education English Teacher in Albania

Apply by July 1, 2015: Secondary Education English Teacher in Albania

Volunteers will teach English as a foreign language to Albanian students as part of a regular general middle or high school program, but will have many related duties in helping both students and teachers practice using English to communicate. During their first school year, most of these Volunteers peer teach alongside an Albanian English teacher, supporting and enhancing the existing English language program with the Volunteer’s skills in spoken and conversational English. They may also assist teachers with the development of teaching materials and integrating innovative teaching techniques into their current practice. These Volunteers teach about 18 – 20 hours per week. After peer teaching for a while, some of these Volunteers start to teach on their own. You will help students, teachers, and other members of your community learn to use English through such activities as supporting summer camps, assisting with Model UN projects or drama activities, contributing to newspapers, creating English language materials, and participating in community sports, arts or clubs.

Apply for this opening by July 1 to be abroad by March! Read the full job posting here or explore all our education openings.

About Peace Corps/Albania: There are 76 volunteers in Albania working with their communities on projects in health, community economic development and English education. During their service in Albania, volunteers learn to speak Albanian. More than 605 Peace Corps volunteers have served in Albania since the program was established in 1992.

Peace Corps’ 54th Anniversary this Sunday Kicks Off Peace Corps Week 2015

Week of activities shines a spotlight on powerful relationships with members of host community

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 27, 2015 – In honor of the agency’s 54th anniversary on March 1, the Peace Corps will kick off its annual Peace Corps Week celebration this Sunday commemorating the far-reaching contributions of Peace Corps volunteers. A variety of events and activities will take place across the country through March 7 that encourage current and returned volunteers to shine a spotlight on their host country heroes and the friendships and relationships they developed with local community members during their service.

“We invite Americans nationwide to join us in celebrating the inspiring work of our volunteers and the great value of cross-cultural exchange,” Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “Peace Corps service sparks life-changing relationships between volunteers and members of their host communities, and this week, volunteers past and present will highlight those partnerships that made a lasting difference.”

More than 90 Peace Corps Week festivals are taking place across 30 states that offer the American public the chance to learn about the countries and people Peace Corps volunteers serve. In coordination with U.S. schools, community centers, and boys and girls clubs, returned volunteers are hosting these festivals to share photos, music, culture and stories from their countries of service. Find a festival in your area here.

Students are also invited to participate in live video chats with current Peace Corps volunteers and their host country heroes happening throughout the week. See the schedule and register to join here. Already more than 1,500 students in 26 states plan to tune in.

Finally, in the lead up to Peace Corps Week, the Peace Corps launched a video challenge that asked current and returned volunteers to submit a short video introducing their host country hero to the world. Five total winners will be announced from among 45 submissions during Peace Corps Week on Peace Corps’ Facebook page.

Motivated by a desire to serve others, Peace Corps volunteers integrate into their communities abroad and develop lasting relationships as they work toward sustainable change. Volunteers return home with leadership, community development and language skills and a new perspective that fuels their success in today’s global economy.

Browse service opportunities by country, work area and departure date at peacecorps.gov/openings. For a full list of Peace Corps Week activities, visit the Peace Corps Week webpage.

Howard University Grad to Improve Health Education in Senegal as Peace Corps Volunteer

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 26, 2015 – Taylor Amos, 23, a 2014 graduate of Howard University, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Senegal on February 27 to begin training as a health volunteer. Amos will live and work in a community to raise awareness and educate people on basic health and sanitation practices.

Taylor Amos Peace Corps Senegal“It was the influence of returned Peace Corps volunteers that called me to serve,” said Amos. “I always envisioned a life in public service, but their stories inspired me to become part of a rich legacy in American culture.”

Amos, of Chicago, is the daughter of Jerome Amos and Angela Garland-Amos and a graduate of Whitney M. Young Magney High School in Chicago. She then attended Howard University, in Washington, D.C., where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science in 2014. Amos has also interned for the U.S. Department of Commerce, in Washington, D.C., and the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County, in Kensington, Md.

“During my time at Howard, I was encouraged by professors and administrators to expand my global footprint. A number of graduate students were also returned Peace Corps volunteers and they made themselves accessible to undergraduates and served as mentors during the application journey,” said Amos.

During the first three months of her service, Amos will live with a host family in Senegal to become fully immersed in the country’s language and culture. After acquiring the necessary skills to assist her community, Amos will be sworn into service and be assigned to a community in Senegal where she will live and work for two years with the local people. Amos will teach families and community members about maternal and child health, basic nutrition and sanitation, AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Amos will work in cooperation with the local people and partner organizations on sustainable, community-based development projects that improve the lives of people in Senegal and help Amos develop leadership, technical and cross-cultural skills that will give her a competitive edge when she returns home. Peace Corps volunteers return from service as global citizens well-positioned for professional opportunities in today’s global job market.

“During my service I hope to make a difference in the fight against poverty. As a Peace Corps volunteer, I will be surrounded by passionate and talented individuals that will aid me during my journey to become a better professional in the area of international development,” concluded Amos.

Amos joins the 13 Howard University alumni currently serving in the Peace Corps and more than 221 Bison who have served in the Peace Corps since 1961.

About Peace Corps/Senegal: There are 264 volunteers in Senegal working with their communities on projects in agriculture, the environment, health and community economic development. During their service in Senegal, volunteers learn to speak local languages, including: Bambara, Fulakunda, Jaxanke, Malinke, Pulafuta, Pulaar du Nord, Mandinka, Seereer and Wolof. More than 3,555 Peace Corps volunteers have served in Senegal since the program was established in 1962.

Wisdom Wednesday: Natalie Moore (Burkina Faso, 2012-2014)

This week’s #WisdomWednesday comes from Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Natalie Moore (Burkina Faso, 2012-2014). To learn more about our programs in Burkina Faso, visit Peace Corps Burkina Faso’s website and explore our current openings in Burkina Faso.

Peace Corps Burkina Faso Natalie Moore

“After living in a rural village for two years, I feel more resourceful, a better team player, and more capable of facilitating trainings. These were all things I wanted to develop. Because of the Peace Corps, I feel ready to tackle the job search. Stay positive and enjoy it. You won’t regret it.

About Peace Corps/Burkina Faso: There are 101 volunteers in Burkina Faso working with their communities on projects in education, health and community economic development. During their service in Burkina Faso, volunteers learn to speak local languages, including: Bissa, French, Fulfuldé, Gulmancema, Gurunssi, Hidi, Itanikom, Jula, Kanuri, Kapsiki, Karunfe, Katsena, Lobiri, Lyele, Mandara, Mooré, Mungaka, Siamou and Yemba. More than 1,940 Peace Corps volunteers have served in Burkina Faso since the program was established in 1967.

Peace Corps Viewpoints: Black History Month

Peace Corps Volunteers share stories about their experiences living and working overseas through their unique lens of identity. #BHM2015