Projects in Liberia
Through classroom teaching and strengthening the capacity of teachers, the Peace Corps provides support through its programming. Volunteers are placed at government junior or senior secondary-level schools where they have an opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of Liberian youth, by providing them with educational instruction and opportunities for extracurricular activities. Volunteers collaborate with principals, teachers, and parent groups to improve school management, introduce innovative teaching techniques, facilitate the use of school libraries, encourage student organizations, promote career opportunities, and participate in summer academic programs.
Peace Corps Response Volunteers focus on education, but instead of being student-focused like the two-year Volunteers, they are teacher-focused. Response volunteers help prepare future teachers who will be placed in rural areas.
In August 2017, Peace Corps Liberia began a Community Health project when they brought in a group of six Response Volunteers to pilot the program. In September 2018, Peace Corps Liberia will expand the program with a larger group of Response Volunteers placed in more counties across Liberia. The project is linked with the National Community Health Assistant Program which is undergoing a transition from being run by locally-engaged NGOs to Liberia’s Ministry of Health. This program provides life-saving services and education to communities located more than 5km away from local clinics.
The Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) is a collaboration launched by the Peace Corps, Seed Global Health, and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in 2012. The mission of GHSP is to increase capacity and strengthen the quality of nursing and medical education in countries with critical shortages of healthcare workers. GHSP places Nurses and Physicians volunteer educators to serve for one year as faculty in nursing and medical schools in Liberia. GHSP volunteers collaborate with Nurses, Physicians, and Administrators to directly support students by providing classroom education and supportive supervision in the clinical setting. They also support clinical and educational quality improvement initiatives and collaborate with their colleagues on these efforts to increase sustainability in areas such as professional development and continuing education, course material and curriculum development, and new teaching activities.