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Since 1963, Senegal’s government has requested United States Peace Corps Volunteers to help fulfill its development needs. These American volunteers serve in both rural and urban communities, devoting two or more years of their lives to grassroots community change. The Peace Corps approach serves as a global model for grassroots development and cultural exchange. Currently over 230 Volunteers work in the areas of Agriculture, Agro-forestry, Health, Environmental Education, Small Enterprise Development and Ecotourism.
Peace Corps Volunteers in Senegal are deeply integrated into their communities. Almost all Volunteers live with host families and become fluent in local languages like Wolof,Pulaar,Mandinka and the national language French.
The Peace Corps Senegal staff is led by Country Director Mike Simsik. Program management is led by four Associate Peace Corps Directors (APCD) who focus on different Volunteer programs: Mamadou Diaw manages the Health and Environmental Education programs; Famara Massaly, leads the Sustainable Rural Agriculture, Urban Agriculture, and Food Security programs; Demba Sidibe manages the Agroforestry program, and Amar Sall manages the Business and Ecotourism programs.