Friday, March 24, 2006

[Peace Corps news] Country director speaks of PC's mission in Guinea

Guinéenews ran an interview (in French) with Peace Corps Guinea's country director Steve Peterson.

He noted that Peace Corps volunteers (PCVs) in the country teach English, math, physics and chemistry and are also involved in the domains of agroforestry, small business development, environmental protection and public health. Third year PCVs often work with local non-governmental organizations.

He pointed out that the PC works in these sectors because of the input of the government and of local populations. He added the Peace Corps will only into a village or town upon the request of that locality who must explain their future collaboration with volunteers.

He emphasized that the Peace Corps was an apolitical agency and that PCVs were banned from involving themselves in the local politics of their host countries.

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