Why is Peace Corps still in Ghana?

This week marks Peace Corps 57th anniversary. On 1 March, 1961, President Kennedy signed Executive Order 10924, establishing the Peace Corps (PC). In August of the same year, the first Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs), teachers, arrived in Ghana to start their service. Peace Corps has been operating in Ghana for 57 uninterrupted years, having arrived…

New Ag is IN!

In mid December of 2017, the newest Peace Corps Ghana group of volunteers were sworn in. I was fortunate to have been one of their four Peace Corps Volunteer Trainers (PCVTs) as they are also the latest agriculture group. The three other trainers were PCVs Eric, Hannah and Philip – all part of the Dirty…

60 years of Independence

Yesterday marked Ghana’s 60th year of Independence. What a young country! And the first in Africa to have gained independence from colonial rule. Four years later, Peace Corps was born and as they say ‘learned to walk in Ghana’ – it received the very first PCVs ever. This last week marked Peace Corps’ 56th birthday…

More than ever

Yesterday, I woke up, excited at the prospect of a female President of the United States of America. How far in the dust had she left Trump?! All too quickly my giddy emotions drained and were quickly replaced with dread and a sadness that rendered me immobile. I started crying and he had not even…

One Year Mark

This week, last year, 28 Americans arrived in Ghana to begin the required training to become PCVs. Today, 24 remain (not too shabby!) scattered throughout the country. But what has happened in between? I can say, refer to my posts of the last year, but that is not enough. Only now that I have a…