Peace Corps was established in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy to provide technical assistance to other countries.
On May 12 2010, 87 Americans will arrive at Sofia airport to join Peace Corps Bulgaria and devote two years of their lives to community development in Bulgaria.
Before starting their service, volunteers will receive 11 weeks of intensive training in 17 training sites around Vratsa. They will be trained in Bulgarian language and culture, will live with Bulgarian families, and will work on small-scale community projects.
After training, volunteers will work at grassroots level in different organisations and institutions throughout Bulgaria, mostly in small and underserved communities. Some of them will be working as English-language teachers in primary and secondary schools, others will partner municipalities, social institutions, and cultural houses to develop and implement strategic plans, encourage a collaborative spirit and the sharing and transfer of skills.
Currently, 113 volunteers are working in Bulgaria in education and youth and community development. Peace Corps Bulgaria volunteers receive allowances, medical care and other support from Peace Corps but do not receive an actual salary. They live at local level where they can integrate into the indigenous culture, give back to their local communities and create lifelong friendships in the process.
Peace Corps began its work in Bulgaria in 1991 through an agreement between Bulgaria and the US. Since then more than 1100 volunteers have served in Bulgaria in more than 300 communities.