Over five decades ago, President John F. Kennedy challenged the American people to serve their fellow man through public service abroad. To do something bigger than themselves, and for the benefit of someone other than themselves.
The more than 3,000 Volunteers that have served in Ethiopia answered President Kennedy’s call. They promoted the noble ideals of world peace and friendship by providing technical support through a model of cross-cultural exchange, whereby each served the interests and development aspirations of communities in which they lived for two years. These Volunteers strived to earn a place as active and participating members of their host communities, living and working side by side, both sharing in the challenges and celebrating in the achievements, together. In the end, the reward for Volunteers is solely in knowing that they have given of themselves for the benefit of another and have become better citizens of the world by doing so.
I am pleased to join the entire Peace Corps Ethiopia team in welcoming you to this website that describes the many activities pursued by our Volunteers in the development sectors of Secondary Education, Community Health, and Environment and Agriculture. From the information in this website you will gain an understanding of how Volunteers contributed to positive change at the grass-roots level in Ethiopia, and how this positive change has helped to improve both the lives and opportunities of those we are here to serve.