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Peace Corps/Namibia started with 14 education Volunteers in 1990 when Namibia gained independence and transitioned from Afrikaans to the English language in schools. In 2004, Peace Corps started its health program followed by the community economic development sector in 2010. Since 1990, more than 1,800 Volunteers have served in Namibia. Volunteers can be placed either in rural or urban areas, though the community economic development Volunteers tend to be in more urban areas. In addition to two-year Volunteers who arrive late August, Peace Corps/Namibia also recruits Response Volunteers and Virtual Service Pilot Participants. Peace Corps Response are experienced professionals who undertake short-term, high-impact service assignments in communities around the world. Peace Corps Response Volunteers are expected to possess the technical skills needed to fulfill their assigned role with minimal training. The Virtual Service Pilot connects qualified U.S. citizens with host country counterparts to meet partner requests in new ways – from supplementing on-the-ground Volunteer efforts to reaching regions where Volunteers cannot go. Participants collaborate virtually with counterparts to complete project tasks, donating 5-15 hours per week for 3-6 months.