U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers Return to Ghana

U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers Return to Ghana, June 2022

Accra, Ghana – U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers arrived in Ghana last week after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The initial group of thirteen Volunteers will resume Peace Corps’ mission of promoting peace and friendship, in collaboration with their Ghanaian counterparts, in junior high schools and schools for the deaf, health centers, and farming communities in the Eastern and Volta Regions.  Additional Volunteers who will work in the agriculture and health sectors will arrive in January 2023.

“Ghana was the first country to receive Peace Corps’ volunteers in 1961.  As a former Returned Peace Corps Volunteer myself, I’m beyond excited to welcome them back to Ghana.  The Peace Corps represents the ideals of the United States – volunteerism, cooperation, and friendship – and these Volunteers are no exception,” said Acting U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Greg Morrison at a reception welcoming the Volunteers.  Morrison himself served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco from 1994 to 1996.

Peace Corps Volunteers arriving in Ghana 2022 and 1961
Peace Corps Volunteers returning in June 2022 (left) and arriving in 1961 (right)

President John F. Kennedy sent the very first Peace Corps volunteers to serve in Ghana in 1961.  More than 5,000 Peace Corps Volunteers have since served in Ghana for 59 years, interrupted only by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As we like to say: the Peace Corps was born in the United States, but learned to walk here in Ghana.  Now, our Volunteers are back to continue our 61-year commitment to the people of Ghana,” said Peace Corps Ghana Country Director Tamu Daniel.

Peace Corps Volunteers work in critical sectors to help Ghanaian communities on locally prioritized projects.  In addition to working in schools, health centers, and farming communities, Volunteers will partner with communities to provide COVID-19 education and promote access to vaccinations in coordination with local leaders and partner ministries, including the Ministry of Health.

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About the Peace Corps:  The Peace Corps is an international service network of volunteers, community members, host country partners, and staff who are driven by the agency’s mission of world peace and friendship.  At the invitation of governments around the world, Peace Corps Volunteers work alongside community members on locally-prioritized projects in the areas of education, health, environment, agriculture, community economic development and youth development.  Through service, members of the Peace Corps network develop transferable skills and hone intercultural competencies that position them to be the next generation of global leaders. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, more than 240,000 Americans have served in 142 countries worldwide. For more information, visit peacecorps.gov.

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