The Peace Corps was first invited to Liberia in 1962, and more than 3,800 Volunteers served in the country until the civil war in 1990. During those years, Peace Corps Volunteers served in every facet of Liberia’s development efforts with an emphasis on education, agriculture, rural development, and health education.
After the civil war ended in 2003, Peace Corps re-entered Liberia with a team of 12 Peace Corps Response Volunteers in October 2008. Peace Corps Response Volunteers take short-term assignments around the world. In June 2010, Peace Corps/Liberia received its first group of two-year Volunteers since re-opening. These Volunteers began the secondary education program, working as English, science, and math teachers.
In July 2014, Peace Corps Volunteers in Liberia were evacuated due to the Ebola crisis. Peace Corps Response Volunteers re-entered Liberia in June 2015 and in June 2016, PC/Liberia received its first group of 2-year education-sector Volunteers since the Ebola crisis.
Between 2016 and 2018, Peace Corps Liberia welcomed Global Health Services Partnership (GHSP) Volunteers. These volunteer educators helped improve medical and nursing education and build capacity in the healthcare systems where there is a critical shortages of healthcare providers.
In August 2017, Peace Corps/Liberia began a pilot of a community health project.
To date, more than 4,200 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in Liberia.