Kyrgyz Republic

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About

The Peace Corps was established in the Kyrgyz Republic in 1992 through an agreement signed between the governments of the United States and Kyrgyzstan.

Agreement signing ceremony
Signing the agreement about the Peace Corps in the Kyrgyz Republic

Since that time, more than 1,300 Peace Corps Volunteers and Virtual Service Pilot Participants have supported over 130,000 Kyrgyzstani people learn English, develop leadership skills, and engage in community projects. These Volunteers, working closely with their local counterparts, have also carried out successful teacher training, gender education, computer literacy, and youth development activities.

Currently, most Peace Corps Volunteers in the Kyrgyz Republic co-teach English as a foreign language (TEFL) together with local teacher counterparts. In addition to building the capacity of teachers and students in the classroom, most TEFL Volunteers participate in summer camps and teach young people about life skills, including critical thinking and planning for their futures. Volunteers and counterparts also assist communities to achieve their development goals through small projects that emphasize capacity building and sustainability.

U.S. citizens are also helping to build English language capacity in the Kyrgyz Republic through Peace Corps’ Virtual Service Pilot. Virtual Service Pilot Participants (VSPPs) have been co-teaching English in Kyrgyzstan through teleconference since February 2021, when some Volunteers who had been evacuated during the pandemic reconnected via Zoom with their students and Counterparts. Since then, U.S. citizens have donated their time remotely as VSPPs in classrooms throughout the Kyrgyz Republic, including in Batken, Osh, Jalal-Abad, Naryn, Issyk-Kul, and Chui.

Response Eco-Tourism
The first group of Peace Corps Response Eco-Tourism Volunteers

In April 2023, Peace Corps Kyrgyz Republic established a partnership with a non-profit tourism organization called Kyrgyzstan Community Based Tourism Association (KCBTA), with the goal of attracting more domestic and international visitors. Peace Corps Response Volunteers work as eco-tourism marketing specialists with KCBTA partners to develop nature-based tours, assist in creating effective marketing strategies, establish guidelines to minimize the impact of tourism on local ecosystems, and help local partners improve their English language skills.

Check for updates on Peace Corps Volunteer and Response Volunteer openings. The application period for 2025 TEFL Volunteer positions will begin in April, 2024, for 2025 departures. The application period for Response Volunteers will begin in July, 2024, for 2025 departures.

To apply to become a Virtual Service Pilot Participant, please find the application and instructions for submitting it here.

PCV Naoni R. class
Volunteer Naoni conducted an open English class for her students

How Can Schools Request a Volunteer

TEFL Volunteers currently work in rural public schools around the country. Peace Corps decides where to place Volunteers in coordination with the Ministry of Education and Science. To apply to host a Volunteer, schools may submit a Volunteer Request Form to [email protected]. Schools may send questions to the same email address.

       

Peace Corps’ Preliminary Criteria for Selecting Partner Schools:

  • School has completed an application to host a Peace Corps Volunteer.
  • School has at least three motivated and qualified English teachers who can work as a counterpart, one primary counterpart and at least two back-ups in case the primary counterpart is unavailable.  English teacher(s) is available to co-teach with a Volunteer for a minimum of 18 hours per week.
  • School and the community in which it is located are highly motivated to host a Volunteer.
  • Availability of host families for Volunteers within walking distance of school.
  • School and community meet Peace Corps health, safety, and security requirements.

For more information about our activities, please see these resources:

Annual Report 2022

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