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About

Peace Corps The Gambia is built around the relationships between Volunteers and the Gambian people. If we work together, we can accomplish anything

The first Peace Corps Volunteers arrived in The Gambia at the invitation of the Gambian government in September 1967. They worked in skilled trades as mechanics, engineers, and carpenters, and they organized village cooperatives. Now, with 50 years of continuous activity, over 1,800 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in the Gambia.

Today, Volunteers work in three different sectors: Education, Agriculture/ Environment, Health and Response. Education Volunteers have organized resource centers for primary schools, developed teaching curricula and materials for classes, and worked alongside teachers to develop skills on best classroom practices. Agriculture/ Environment Volunteers have helped improve vegetable crop and fruit tree production in gardens and orchards while working towards promoting sustainable practices. Health Volunteers have worked with local health workers to combat the spread of malaria along with promoting maternal and child health and proper hygiene and sanitation.

Peace Corps The Gambia Volunteers dedicate themselves to community integration, developing local language skills, and understanding Gambian culture. Pre-service training is conducted entirely in rural villages away from the capital region. All Volunteers live with host families during this training period and continue to live with a host family once moved to a permanent site. Because they live and work in communities for extended periods of time, Volunteers appropriately address challenges and issues to be successful at the community level. A few Volunteers live in small cities, but most Volunteers are assigned to rural towns and villages.  Peace Corps currently has Volunteers placed in all regions of the country.

Peace Corps Response

Peace Corps Response sends experienced professionals to 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 Peace Corps Response (PCR) Program is new to Peace Corps The Gambia, but the post has gathered substantial experience through placing Third Year Volunteers in government institutions and agencies, NGOs, and UN Systems. Instead of placing Third Year Volunteers, the PCR Program now focuses on bringing in mid-career professionals to assist Gambian partners over the course of 3 to 12-month service periods.

These partnerships are the foundation of the PCR Program in The Gambia, as Peace Corps Response Volunteers (PCRVs) are placed specifically within a partner organization to assist them in addressing an issue relevant to that PCRV’s skill set. PCRVs can work in each of Peace Corps The Gambia’s main sectors, Agriculture and Environment, Education, and Health, as well as Youth Empowerment. The focus of the partner organization will determine the exact focus of the PCRV. In their work, the PCRV will aim to help with organizational development and capacity building so that the impact of their work continues after their term of service.

In addition to the strong partnership base of Peace Corps The Gambia, PCRVs benefit from more comfortable accommodations than traditional PCVs. In exchange, PCRVs are held to high standards regarding independence, resourcefulness, and professionalism.

Peace Corps The Gambia, Annual Review 2016