Peace Corps Liberia has announced a temporary reduction in the number of volunteers in rural Liberia.
- According to Peace Corps – Liberia, it took the decision due to difficulties in reliably obtaining needed funds from banks up country and in Monrovia. In a Facebook post on Thursday December 5, the organization said it took the decision due to difficulties to sustain Volunteers working far away from Monrovia. While hoping the temporary reduction is short live, it said Peace Corps Volunteers will continue to serve in three of Liberia’s fifteen counties; namely, Bong Margibi and Montserrado Counties.
In 2010, Peace Corps Volunteers on two year assignments returned to Liberia, and twenty years after, the last volunteers were withdrawn from Liberia due to the war. After war broke out in 1989, Peace Corps Volunteers, many of whom were teaching in high schools were withdrawn from the country Liberia.
In 2008, a trickle of experienced Volunteer returned under the Peace Corps Response Project a short term high impact program, but this is the first year that Volunteers to Liberia will take under normal two year assignments. Over the years, 3,800 Volunteers have served in Liberia. The program was reopened when former president of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf asked the United States Government for Peace Corps Volunteers who could help to improve the quality of education in Liberia. Meanwhile, the current reduction of Peace Corps Volunteers will adversely undermine students’ performance in the West Africa Senior High schools Examination most especially candidates in rural parts of Liberia.