Through the Decades: 2000s

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A PCV working with a local woman in Turkmenistan.
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A PCV’s host brother with the family donkey in Buzalkovo, Macedonia.
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A PCV sits with a bobo, or grandfather, in Uzbekistan.
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A Moroccan yarn vendor who a PCV worked with to help promote his business by showing the colors and textures of his collection.
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A PCV enjoys her first winter with her host family in Panagyurishte, Bulgaria.
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Unveiling of an HIV prevention mural painted in 2008 in collaboration with the students from Kongo SS in the Upper East Region of Ghana.
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Local children in Nicaragua.
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A PCV in Nicaragua.
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Nicaragua, local boys chat with a PCV.
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Crisis Corps working in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
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A Crisis Corps Volunteer in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
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A Moroccan man looks across the Straits of Gibraltar.
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A local woman smiling in Guyana.
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Ghana, 2007
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A young boy in Ghana.
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An Agriculture PCV in Ghana helps plant a garden.
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PCVs in Rwanda swear-in in April of 2009.
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PCVs Dennis and Cindy Downs in a burn field in Suriname.
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Two PCVs walk in front of a traditional church in Armenia.
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PCV in Mozambique with secondary school students before class.
May 2003

The Peace Corps commits an additional 1,000 Volunteers to fight HIV/AIDS as part of legislation signed into law.

September 2005

For the first time, Volunteers are deployed domestically when Crisis Corps assists relief operations in the Gulf Coast region following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

June 2007

Peace Corps launches Peace Corps Prep.

January 2009

After leaving the country during the 1994 genocide, Peace Corps returns to Rwanda and Volunteers begin working in secondary education and HIV/AIDS education and prevention.

2009

Joseph Acaba became the first returned Peace Corps Volunteer to serve as a NASA astronaut, making his first trip to space aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery.

December 16, 2009

President Barack Obama signs H.R. 3288 – an omnibus appropriations package that includes $400 million for Peace Corps operations in fiscal year 2010, the agency's largest budget appropriation from Congress.