While Peace Corps operates in many countries in Africa, Somalia and Eritrea stopped being options a while back. PC operated in Somalia from 1962-1970, and operated in Eritrea from 1995-1998. PC does not send volunteers to places that are dangerous or politically unstable, though these things happen sometimes. When that occurs, PC has a plan of evacuation in place and removes the volunteers from the country to a safe location, where they either wait until they can return, go to another country and start their service over again, or close their service out and return to the USA. For other country options in Africa, visit the PC website at www.peacecorps.gov and check out the "Where Do Volunteers Go?" link, which has a list of countries and a description of services in those countries. So, to answer your question--neither Somalia or Eritrea are options in the PC right now. Somalia is dangerous because of continued religious strife and the fact that warlords rule the country. Check the news and you will see that numerous clans raise funds by hijacking cargo ships off the Somalian coast and holding them for ransom. Until a stable government is in place and the threat of violence is very low, PC will not return to Somalia.
Current PCV in Eastern Europe
· 1 decade ago