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Country Director's Welcome for The Gambia

Siiri Morley, the Country Director of Peace Corps The Gambia
Country Director Siiri Morley

Greetings from Peace Corps The Gambia,

I'm delighted to greet you from the Smiling Coast of Africa! While The Gambia is not well-known to many U.S. citizens, this country is beautiful, dynamic, and filled with incredible scenery, music, food, and culture. The beaches, river, and savannah are stunning and filled with dynamic wildlife - especially birdlife. I hope that you will dig in on this page to learn more about what it's like to serve here in The Gambia. If you're on Instagram, Facebook, and/or Youtube, you can find a lot of great live content from our Peace Corps Volunteers. Serving here is not always easy, but it is a rewarding and enriching place to be.

The Gambia has a long and rich history with the United States and with Peace Corps. As you may know, the Peace Corps was founded in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy with the purpose of promoting world peace and friendship. Peace Corps came to The Gambia in 1967. Since the start over 2,000 Volunteers have served the people of The Gambia. Volunteers serve in our primary sectors of Agriculture/Environment, Education, and Health. Peace Corps Response Volunteers also serve in our primary sectors as well as Youth Development.

Over the years Volunteers have worked in some of the most remote parts for the country serving in all 6 of our Regions; Greater Banjul, West Coast, Lower River, North Bank, Central River and Upper River. All of our trainees undertake an intensive 8 to 10-week program that provides language training, technical instruction, and cross-cultural information that is critical for integration and adjustment. This pre-service training (PST) is considered the most intense period of a Volunteer's service. Volunteers learn one of the most widely spoken languages in The Gambia to enhance their ability to successfully integrate in to their communities. These languages include: Mandinka, Puular, Wolof, Jola and Sarahule. Volunteers partner with Gambians to accomplish community established goals and aspirations seeking to make a tremendous impact at the grassroots level.

The Gambia is a unique country that offers a combination of rich culture, friendly people, and close personal relationships. It is widely known as a friendly and peaceful place. From the day volunteers arrive in-country, they are immersed in the dynamic and supportive culture of West Africa and The Gambia. Over the course of two years, Volunteers learn to achieve things in an environment that offers a unique independence that may only be realized, or appreciated, upon return to the United States. Many Volunteers in The Gambia find their experience to be life changing, profound and rewarding.

We are tremendously proud to now have nearly 50 volunteers back in country focused on Education, Health, and Agriculture/Environment. All of our Volunteers are also looking at how gender and youth development intersect with their work in their primary sector. We hope you may consider joining them!

With sincerity from the Smiling Coast of West Africa,

Siiri Morley
Country Director, The Gambia