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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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.

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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.

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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.

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How a Peace Corps Volunteer helped create a moringa mogul

I met Pierette Djeme in 2013 when I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in a small town in central Benin. 

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Nathan Chaput, Nepal

As a Peace Corps Volunteer, you'll likely have the chance to learn a new language during service — and you never know where that will lead you.

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Nyassa Kollie, Malawi

We asked Peace Corps Volunteers, "What do you wish Americans knew about your country of service?"

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From TV to touchscreens

Most volunteers in Benin live in small villages to mid-sized cities. 

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You have the opportunity to be fully immersed in another culture

Joining the Peace Corps straight out of college can be a great idea.

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