Ethiopia III Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

"Return to Ethiopia" Trip

September 22 - October 7, 2012

50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps in Ethiopia


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September 25 - Tuesday

US Embassy Reception


(Important note: All photographs, except where mentioned,  are copyrighted as of October 8, 2012, by Darrel and Betty Hagberg. Please request permission to use and please credit them)





American Embassy to Ethiopia Press Release

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Visit Ethiopia 50 Years After Service

On Sept 25, U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Donald Booth hosted a reception at his residence in honor of former Peace Corps Volunteers who returned to Ethiopia to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Peace Corps in Ethiopia


Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

Ambassador Donald Booth with current Peace Corps Volunteers

September 25, 2012, Addis Ababa - Nearly 70 former Peace Corps Volunteers and their guests arrived in Addis Ababa this week to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps in Ethiopia. Approximately twenty of these former Volunteers were among the very first group of nearly 300 Peace Corps Volunteers who arrived in Ethiopia in September 1962.

During their visit, the former Volunteers will meet with Ethiopian government officials, U.S. Embassy officials, current Peace Corps Volunteers, and their Ethiopian friends, host families and counterparts. Among their many activities, they will participate in a panel discussion on Peace Corps support of Education in Ethiopia at Kotebe College of Teacher Education with current Volunteers and officials from the U.S. Agency for International Development and Ethiopian Ministry of Education. The U.S. Ambassador will also host a reception in their honor, and many of the former Volunteers will return to the communities in which they served.

Ethiopia was one of the first countries to invite the Peace Corps to establish its program in 1962, just one year after President John F. Kennedy created the Peace Corps. Since that time more than 3500 Volunteers have worked in agriculture, basic education, tourism, health, economic development and teaching English as a foreign language in Ethiopia. The Peace Corps program in Ethiopia was reestablished in 2007. Currently, roughly 200 Volunteers work in health and HIV/AIDS prevention, conservation and natural resource management and education/teaching English as a foreign language.

(Above 3 Photo Credits: United States Embassy, Ethiopia)

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September 22 Ethiopian Embassy Reception
September 23 Dulles Airport
September 24 Addis Ababa Airport Reception
September 24 Addis Ababa City Views
September 24 Hebir Restaurant Dinner Show - Addis Ababa
September 25 Addis Ababa City Views
September 25 Ethiopian President Welcome
September 25 Kotebe College for Teachers - Addis Ababa
September 25 US Embassy Reception
September 26 Ethnological Museum - Addis Ababa
September 26 Saint George Cathedral - Addis Ababa
September 26 Mercato Market Place - Addis Ababa
September 26 Meskel Celebrations - Addis Ababa
September 27 National Museum - Addis Ababa
September 27 Mount Entoto Overlook - Addis Ababa
September 27 Trinity Cathedral - Addis Ababa
September 27 Debre Berhan
September 28 Debre Berhan
September 28 Ankober
September 29 Lalibella and Market
September 29 Yemrehanna Kristos Church, Bilbilla
September 30 Churches of Lalibella
October 01 Stelae Field - Axum
October 01 Tombs of Kaleb and Gebre Meskel - Axum
October 01 The Enzana Stone - Axum
October 01 Queen of Sheba's Palace - Axum
October 01 Monastic Complex of Saint Mary of Zion - Axum
October 02 Mai Shum (Queen of Sheba's Swimming Pool - Axum
October 02 Fasilo Ghebbi (Royal Enclosure) - Gondar
October 02 Debre Birhan Selassie Church - Gondar
October 02 Wolieka (Falasha Village) - Gondar
October 03 Fasilidas's Pool - Gondar
October 03 Barhar Dar
October  04 Blue Nile Falls - Barhar Dar
October  04 Lake Tana - Barhar Dar
October  04 Church of Ura Kidane Mihret - Barhar Dar
October  05 Dire Dawa - Harar
October 06 Red Terror Museum - Addis Ababa
October 06 Babile - Harar - Dire Dawa
October 07 Dire Dawa
October 07 Farewell Dinner at Crown Hotel - Addis Ababa

Click below for more Ethiopia Web Site features

Map of Ethiopia and Eritrea (circa 1964)
Ethiopia III Trainees Book
In Country Assignments, 1964-1966
Photo Memories of Ethiopia
Ethiopian Art and Culture
Ethiopia III's Attending the 50th Reunion
Books on Ethiopia
Ethiopian Artifact Exhibition
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