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Following the formalization of a country agreement in 1993, Peace Corps Zambia opened its program in 1994 with a group of water and sanitation/hygiene education Volunteers. In 1996, the program expanded to include projects in community health and rural aquaculture. The program expanded again in 2001 to encompass an income, food, and environment project. In 2003, a new education project was launched. Using emergency HIV/AIDS funding, a separate HIV/AIDS project was launched in 2005.

Currently, Peace Corps Zambia has four two-year projects: rural aquaculture promotion (RAP), rural education development (RED), linking income food and the environment (LIFE), and the community health improvement project (CHIP). Zambia also hosts Peace Corps Response (PCR) which 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.

Since the first Peace Corps Volunteers arrived in 1994, approximately 2,415 Volunteers have served in Zambia, which is one of the largest Peace Corps programs in Africa. Volunteers live and work in nine of the ten provinces of Zambia.

To learn more about Volunteer life and work in Zambia please enjoy this video chat featuring a virtual tour of one Peace Corps Zambia’s provincial hubs, a lesson in local cuisine, and examples of community projects in which Zambia Volunteers are engaged. Stay tuned during the Q&A section at the end which includes a sample of local language.

Annual Reports

To learn more about us, take a look at our most recent annual report:

Peace Corps Zambia Annual Report 2022