History of the Peace Corps in South Africa

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History of the Peace Corps in South Africa

History of the Peace Corps in South Africa

PEACE CORPS in South Africa


P.O. BOX 13894

Tel: 012 344-4255
Fax: 012 343-7774

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The US Peace Corps was established in 1961 to promote world peace and friendship through the work of American Volunteers in social and economic development projects.

Worldwide, over 6,500 Volunteers in 80 countries are involved in projects in Education (39%), Environment (17%), Business (13%), Agriculture (9%) and other projects (5%). Currently an average of 2,200 Peace Corps Volunteers are serving in 28 African countries.

The mission of Peace Corps South Africa is to:

* Contribute to the on-going strengthening of South Africa’s human resource base, helping to educate and train learners of all ages.
* Enable Volunteers, through their service, their example and their diversity to increase South Africans’ understanding and appreciation of the people of the United States.
* Help the people of the United States, through the experiences and learning of the Volunteers to achieve a better understanding of and appreciation for the people of South Africa.

A brief history

Peace Corps South Africa grew from a meeting between Presidents Clinton and Mandela in October 1994. An official Agreement was signed December 5, 1995, making South Africa the 131st country Peace Corps has entered. Country staff and facility were in place in 1996 and, after negotiation with representatives of the National Department of Education and Northern Province, the first group of SA Volunteers were sworn in to serve in the Northern Province in May 1997, appropriately applying the traditional strengths of Peace Corps in education and community to the educational transformation goals of South Africa.

Our work

Volunteers are serving in rural areas in 2 Provinces – Northern Province and Mpumalanga. They each make a commitment to live and work for two years within the schools and community in which they are placed.

Through the Peace Corps’ School and Community Resources Project, Peace Corps Volunteers collaborate with South African educators and community developers to empower primary school teachers by strengthening their teaching and classroom management skills. Current educational emphasis is placed on improving the teaching of English, math and science in a curriculum based on the tenets of Outcomes- Based Education.

The Volunteers also act as facilitators, assisting in strengthening links between schools and their communities. Establishment of school and community libraries are examples of such linkage activities.

Other community-generated projects include HIV/AIDS awareness, sex education and life skills, environmental education, computer literacy development, income generating projects for women, and community gardens.

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By Anonymous (82-45-35-89.cable.ubr04.stav.blueyonder.co.uk - on Thursday, December 14, 2006 - 3:05 am: Edit Post

I am urgently looking for the American Peace Corps co-ordinator who lived in Pretoria and moved from there in 1993.

Georgina Jardim

By Raeygan Tamara Harris (vc-196-207-47-60.3g.vodacom.co.za - on Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 3:59 am: Edit Post

HI, My name is Raeygan Harris. I live in SOuth Africa and go to a school in Mooi River... I am in grade 10.
I would like to help. With anything really. Nest year the school gives us a chance to take a week of so that we can have work experience, working in for a company etc. When i finish school I would like to go into photojournalism... I want to know what is out there in the world. I want to to help people less fortunate than myself and just get out there and do some good... So if anyone knows how I can maybe get out there and help during my work week next year, or even during holidays i would really appreciate it if you would let me know...

By Paul (c5-359-1.vic.dial.mweb.co.za - on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 4:06 pm: Edit Post

Good evening
I realise you are very busy and I value your time... Is it possible for South African citizens to join the Peace Corps. If so could you please provide me with the relevant links. This enquiry is also with regards to Peace Corps career/employment opportunities in the Gauteng area of South Africa.
I can be contacted via the e-mail address listed below or on 078 311 3977 (1700 to 0600 daily)Your help is greatly appreciated Kind regards

By Crystal O'Gorman ( on Saturday, October 25, 2008 - 4:04 pm: Edit Post

I am an American college student who will receive a BA in English in May 2009. I am very interested in working with the Peace Corps to help develop their education system, because education will be the dominant element to provide growth in South Africa: socially, politically, and economically. My husband is from South Africa and ever since my first trip there I fell in love with this lovely country. It has given me an amazing husband and extended family so I want to give back the best way I know how, through my educational experience. Please contact me if it is possible for me to find a job with the Peace Corps where my husband can live with me in SA without affecting the process of his citizenship in the US. I have been researching for this specific opportunity through the Peace Corps website but it is not listed. Thank you for your time and any help will be greatly appreciated!

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