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Stories from The Gambia

Every Peace Corps Volunteer has a story to tell. Read stories from Volunteers about what it's like to live and work in The Gambia.

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Calvin with his host community

Cultural humility, openness, and a positive attitude are typically helpful traits when ingratiating yourself to a new group of people with a different Worldview (culture, value, belief, etc.).

Max swears in as PCRV with the Honorable Ambassador Sharon Cromer

Max has been in The Gambia, serving as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) for just over three months. Arriving in May 2023, he began his two-week orientation, which focused on Peace Corps The Gambia’s (PCTG) in-country procedures and a brief overview of Gambian language and culture. Through his work with the PCTG staff over the course of those two weeks, he demonstrated resilience, commitment, and the flexibility necessary for success as a PCRV. He understood that his hard work during orientation would pay off in the months ahead.

Gambian village

I was already a professional social worker when I entered the Peace Corps in 1980, so I wasn’t anticipating that my experience serving in The Gambia would change the course of my career.

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Returned Volunteers leverage Peace Corps service to improve communities at home.

Two Gambian women sit outside at a market selling oranges.

My project as an Agriculture Peace Corps Volunteer in The Gambia, West Africa is to teach gardening and tree planting methods to students in grades seven through twelve.

VIDEO: A day in the life in The Gambia
A lesson on pumpkins, wastefulness and abundance from The Gambia

I think of pumpkins and can’t help but think of her. 

SARJO: A Peace Corps The Gambia Anniversary Story

For 50 years, Peace Corps has been working alongside Gambians to make a sustainable, lasting impact in The Gambia.

I first heard of the Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools program and was immediately intrigued. 

How I used trees to encourage female financial independence

It’s cashew season again!

VIDEO: Hospitality in The Gambia

Volunteer Taylor Peliska gives us a taste of hospitality in The Gambia. 

Peanuts

When you tell people you are going to the Peace Corps, they joke about all the things you like but won't be able to eat: “Better get your McDonald's, haha.” 

7 current openings where you can serve with your sweetheart

Serving in the Peace Corps alongside your partner or spouse can have advantages

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Happy International Education Week!

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When Habbie first got her period, she was clueless about what was happening to her body.

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Feed the Future & the Peace Corps: Taking food security efforts to the grassroots level

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