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Peace Corps Latvia

Peace Corps Latvia


Here you will find information about the Peace Corps program in Latvia. For further information about the Peace Corps in Latvia or the other Baltic states contact: US. Peace Corps, L. Pils iela 6, Riga LV-1050; telephone: 721-1054; e-mail:


Peace Corps began operations in Latvia in 1991, shortly after the country declared its independence. Current programs:

* English Education
* Small Business Development sectors


* Number of Peace Corps Volunteers to Date: 78
* Number of Current Peace Corps Volunteers: 38
* English Education Peace Corps Volunteers: 24
* Business Peace Corps Volunteers: 14


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* Updated on February 8, 1996 by Viesturs Upitis


Latvia's Ministry of Education and Education, in its efforts to meet the rising demand for English language instruction, has welcomed the arrival of Peace Corps English teachers. Volunteers teach at the secondary school level, work with Latvian English teachers to model new methodologies and participate in the improvement of English teaching resources.

This year, the English Education program has expanded to include a Business English sector. Currently, 4 Volunteers are teaching in special business schools and universities emphasizing necessary English skills for business and professional purposes such as writing business letters and job applications.

English Education Volunteers have also been actively involved in projects outside of their regular classroom duties. Many Volunteers have initiated English clubs in their communities as well as organizations which focus on developing specific skills such as debate and computer skills.

Updated on February 8, 1996 by Viesturs Upitis


The Latvian government, recognizing the need for assistance in its transition to a market economy, has requested Peace Corps Volunteers to serve as Business Advisors. Volunteers serve as advisors to regional business centers, municipalities and regional governments, and non-governmental organizations.

Volunteer projects include workshops on a range of business topics for students and business people, one-on-one consultancies with Latvian entrepreneurs, and seminars on Western business planning and management techniques. With an emerging sector of private farms in Latvia, an agricultural program has also been set up to teach production, farm management, marketing, budgeting and accounting techniques.

Individual Business Volunteer projects have varied considerably. Several Volunteers co-authored a publication titled A Farmers Guide to Business Decision Making, which introduces a number of farm business concepts. Another Volunteer is assigned to the Latvia National Tourist Board, assisting in the development of tourism promotion and services. Other individual business Volunteers are working with the Latvian Agricultural Finance Agency, serve as guest lecturers teaching Junior Achievement courses in secondary schools, and designed a manual and conducted workshops in "How to Create a Business Plan".

Updated on February 8, 1996 by Viesturs Upitis

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