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About

A brief summary about Peace Corps Fiji's history and programs.

Upon the Government of Fiji's invitation, Peace Corps initiated its partnership in 1968 by engaging Volunteers serving as science and math teachers. Over the past 55 years, Peace Corps served in the sectors of Education, Agriculture, Health, and Environment.

The work that Peace Corps Volunteers do is driven by two questions:

  1. What are the development priorities of the host nation?
  2. What is the Peace Corps niche? That is, what is it that our professional Volunteers (who have language, cultural, and technical skills) can offer that no one else can?

As noted above, Peace Corps and our partners have answered those questions in a variety of ways through the decades as the local context and priorities have evolved. In 2019, we sat down afresh with our governmental, NGO, and multilateral partners and went through an extensive evaluation and design process that resulted in the transition to our current Community Economic Empowerment Project, which is based on one of the foundational prongs of Fiji’s 5- and 20-Year Development Plans: inclusive socioeconomic development. The importance of community economic empowerment grew more pressing based on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since 2023, Peace Corps Fiji is proud to provide the people and the Government of Fiji with Volunteers to serve for two years in partnership with host communities to advance their identified priorities concerning economic growth and sustainability.

Peace Corps Fiji places additional focus on climate literacy and adaptation initiatives that align with its primary community economic development area of engagement.