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Stories from Benin

Every Peace Corps Volunteer has a story to tell. Read stories from Volunteers about what it's like to live and work in Benin.

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Our approach to development centers on people-to-people connection.

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Imagine a world where people of different faiths can peacefully coexist. It’s not fiction or fantasy. It’s a world I have experienced.

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In Benin, a small West African country, we live by the motto “life is patience.”

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Peace Corps Volunteers come to service with a wide variety of skills, perspectives and life experiences.

A young male Volunteer holds a sapling in the middle of a classroom while teaching

There had to have been a way to avoid the heat and strain, but there we were, hiking up and down the hill, digging holes, and struggling to get enough water. For the plants, that is.

a Beninese woman smiles while marching in a parade with a Peace Corps banner

When I first applied to Peace Corps, I was intrigued by both agriculture and community economic development positions.

Corey Quinlan Taylor and host community friends

I remember sitting on a wooden stool near my rural home. 

Students work on computers in the newly renovated library.

Libraries make information more accessible and provide places for people of all ages to read, study and learn about the larger world. They’re also valuable as community meeting spaces and technology hubs.

Peace Corps Volunteers help Feed the Future

Imagine a world without hunger...

Sunset Northern Benin

From 1992 to 1994, David Goldman served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Boukombé, Benin. Fifteen years later, David returned to continue the work he started, and Atacora Essential was born.

Nursery School, Northern Benin
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Beninese Woman_Samirath

Samirath’s story is one of hope. She overcame some of the biggest obstacles that young girls her age face, continuing her school and striving to finish her education with limited resources, while caring for a young son at home. She has a lot of promise, and I know she will go far if given the chance.

Beninese Seamstress Apprentices

Kolective began as a grassroots project in the rural village of Cobly in northwest Benin. The project was started by Rural Community Health Volunteer Andrea Nasser as a way to empower adolescent seamstress apprentices by producing and selling handcrafted and unique fashion goods.

Help Mamas Earn: Help Mamas Earn: Me “passing” the red oil machine off to the women’s group

We capped off my “Help Mamas Earn” project with a closing ceremony including the distribution of diplomas (or “attestations,” as they’re referred to here) and the delivery of a palm oil processing machine. And suffice it to say, it was a huge success.