Peace Corps Volunteers in South Africa’s Schools and Community Resources Program come from many backgrounds, each bringing a unique set of skills, experiences, and interests. SA-24 – the 24th class of Peace Corps Volunteers in South Africa – is represented by recent college graduates with degrees in mathematics, English, and international development, young professionals who gave up teaching positions to serve, and retired engineers and college professors, among others.
Despite their varied backgrounds, these Volunteers share an interest in engaging in a common humanity with their South African communities and in bringing their areas of expertise to bear within their schools and organizations.
Before beginning their two-year service, South African PCVs undergo an intensive two-month training in the language and culture of their host communities, working with a remarkable group of South African Host Country Nationals.
Chris Ames, teaching maths in the North West Province.
A group of PCVs heads for a wedding in the village that hosted Pre-Service Training.
Evelyn Manning is a trained teacher, now serving in the Northern Cape.
Meghan Downey and Mardy Schualy, both serving in the Tsonga-speaking area of Limpopo.
A group of PCVs takes a break from discussing issues of education in South Africa.
Hannah Biggie, teaching grade 4 in the Venda-speaking area of Limpopo.
A group of Language and Culture Facilitators, a remarkable group of South African teachers.
Kevin Crowinshield worked in business and IT before his service in South Africa.
Jerry Buckner serves in the Northern Cape with his wife, Ellen.
Modise, whose name means Shepherd, is a Language and Culture Facilitator for Setswana.
Melissa Gavitt is another trained teacher, serving in the Northern Cape.
Colleen O’Brian, serving in the Northern Cape.
Viktor Baker, Peace Corps South Africa’s training manager.
Joey Moore, an English major, and talented musician, serving in the North West province.
James Higby, a mathemitician and talented musician, serving in the Venda-speaking area of Limpopo.