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U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers return to Zambia

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Peace Corps Zambia says it has welcomed the first group of Peace Corps Volunteers back to the country.

The group of volunteers came back to Zambia on March 14, and this was after all volunteers were evacuated worldwide in March 2020 due to COVID-19.

In a statement issued to the media by Peace Corps Zambia Communication Specialist Mwinsi Akapelwa, Zambia is the first country to receive Peace Corps Volunteers after the global evacuation.

Ms Akapelwa stated that the March 2020 departure was the first time in the agency’s 60-year history that volunteers were evacuated from all posts.

“Since then, Peace Corps Zambia staff have continued supporting a variety of projects in rural aquaculture, reforestation, sustainable agriculture, education, and public health, including COVID-19 mitigation and vaccination campaigns with rural health offices and schools,” she noted.

And Peace Corps Zambia Country Director Brad Favor, said, the Organisation is excited to see the return of Peace Corps Volunteers to Zambia.

Mr Favor said the team of volunteers will now reengage with its existing community and Zambian government partners to continue the work already in progress.

“Since March 2020, Peace Corps staff around the world have worked to strengthen the foundation of the agency and prepare for their turn of volunteers. Peace Corps Zambia is proud to have received the first group of returning volunteers,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Communication Specialist explained that Peace Corps works in Zambia at the invitation of the Zambian government.

Ms Akapelwa further explained that the volunteers will reengage in rural Zambian communities in collaboration with the Ministries of Health, Education, Environment and Green Economy, and Fisheries and Livestock.

She further added that in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, they will also support local partners’ efforts to disseminate COVID-19 mitigation information and promote access to vaccinations in alignment with Ministry of Health guidance.

She highlighted that since the first Peace Corps Volunteers arrived in Zambia in 1994, over 2,400 volunteers have served in the country, living and working in rural communities in nine of the ten provinces.

Ms Akapelwa said her organization is looking forward to resuming its work and expanding to cover all ten provinces.

18 COMMENTS

  1. I’m not sure I know wht these people do. Wht can a lone American youth do to alleviate a struggling rural community without a suitable project to work on? I hope I meet some of these people in the field.

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  2. Peace cadres always out of context – do you understand what a peace cop is? Go to school before u comment pls.

  3. Americans are a funny bunch they call these guys Peace Corps but in really they are friendly face of the CIA….really laughable.

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  4. *Americans are a funny bunch they call these guys Peace Corps but in reality they are friendly face of the CIA….really laughable.

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  5. Nemwine – They will meet you not the other way round Americans are very cautious about secruity even though their loud mouths give them away. ..

  6. I agree with you Madilu, we Africans are docile indeed. These are the people bringing into Africa VIRUSES! Let’s WAKE up for God’s sake otherwise; Zambia shall be KAPUT for good – mark my WORDS…

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  7. All those came to Zambia for $ex adventure. Where is Iris in picture? Mutale Mwa.. should marry one of the girls too.

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  8. These are just young adults starting off in life who volunteer a year of their lives around the world………..

    They help teach , they help build village schools etc etc………

    If zambia was a rich country like the USA , zambian young adults would also volunteer to take a year off doing volunteer work around the world …………

  9. If they’re just young adults starting off in life, then they’re not specialists in anything. So wht can they really offer? They still have a lot to learn.

  10. On September 22, 1961, Kennedy signed congressional legislation creating a permanent Peace Corps that would “promote world peace and friendship” through three goals: (1) to help the peoples of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women; (2) to help promote a better understanding of Americans …

  11. “On September 22, 1961, Kennedy signed congressional legislation creating a permanent Peace Corps that would “promote world peace and friendship” through three goals: (1) to help the peoples of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women; (2) to help promote a better understanding of Americans …“

  12. 14  Nemwine

    To volunteer to do anything you don’t have to be a specialist………..

    To volunteer to work in in hospital , you don’t have to be from medical school……

    To volunteer to work in an animal sanctuary, you don’t have to be a vet……

    Opting to do voluntary work enriches the cv of Western youg adults………

  13. Zambia should see this as opportunity to market the country………..

    These same young people will come back as investors and tourists…….

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