Director's Welcome

Kate Raftery, Country Director

This frequent Guarani greeting heard throughout Paraguay reflects the value placed on welcoming others into the community and homes. Paraguay is a country with many unique cultural traditions and wonderful people who very quickly become part of your life. Your experience here working alongside of amazing people will shape your personal and professional agenda for years to come.

Since 1967, Peace Corps Volunteers have been honored to work in partnership with others committed to making a different in their communities, schools, businesses and health centers. Volunteers are building human capacity to meet the country's most pressing development needs and building strong cross cultural understanding. Our Volunteers today work in four program sectors: Community Economic Development, Environment, Health and Agriculture.

With enthusiasm, dedication, creativity, respect, resilience, perseverance, and professionalism, we aspire to make a real difference in the lives of the Paraguayan youth, families and communities who face daily challenges, but are inspired by possibilities.

We invite you to explore our website and develop a deeper understanding of Paraguay and become as excited about serving here as the other 5000 plus Volunteers have over our fifty year history here in country.

I personally look forward to meeting you.

Kate Raftery

Country Director,  Peace Corps Paraguay