The Peace Corps has been working in Paraguay since 1967, and the country is one of the oldest continuously operating posts in the agency. After the government of Paraguay and the Peace Corps signed a joint agreement on November 4, 1966, the first Volunteers arrived in 1967 to work in agricultural extension in rural areas. Before long, projects were also established in the health and education sectors.
Nearly 5,000 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in Paraguay since 1967, and more than 40 years later, an average of 100 Volunteers arrive each year. Today, approximately 200 Volunteers are working in agriculture, community economic development, environment, and health. Many former Paraguay Volunteers continue to stay informed about the country’s affairs and assist in development efforts in the country—years after they completed their service. At the same time, returned Volunteers have contributed a great deal to increasing Americans’ knowledge and appreciation of Paraguay and its people.
Paraguay is in the heart of South America, both in geographic location and the spirit of the people. It is a bilingual country with a fascinating history, strong cultural traditions, beautiful landscapes and native crafts. But of all the wonderful things Paraguay has to offer, the best part is the incredibly friendly and welcoming people.