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Volunteer Says Liberia ‘Best Place’ For Peace Corps
By Prince Nagbe
KARLOKEN, May 21 (LINA) -A volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps, Mark Varger, has said Liberia is one of the best places in the world to live and work as a service volunteer.
According to Varger, he believes Liberia is appropriate for Peace Corps activities because the people are “receptive and wonderful”, adding, “If you ask me to go anywhere else to work, I will not do it.”
He made the statement in Karloken, Maryland County recently to a team from the Ministry of Information led by Information Minister Lewis Brown, who was on a development assessment tour of five counties.
Varger told Minister Brown that Liberians are “a wonderful people because they are appreciative,” adding “the people of Liberia are gratifying; they appreciate every little thing you do for them, something that is not common in other parts of the world.”
Varger, who teaches Chemistry and Biology at the Karloken Senior High School in Maryland County, however said the lack textbooks for students and basic training for teachers are major challenges hampering learning at the institution.
He called on the administration of the school to organize regular training workshops for teachers beginning next academic year and to also prevail on the Education Ministry to provide adequate textbooks for the school.
Meanwhile, a national volunteer from the Youth Employment Program (YEP) of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Gayflor Gbosah, is calling on the ministry to reinforce the program throughout the country.
Gayflor, who is also volunteering his services at the Karloken High School in Maryland County, said the program is important because it gives young university graduates the opportunity to get on-the-job experience to prepare for the job market.
He is on a one-year job training program at the school.
The Ministry of Youth and Sports YEP program has employed over 3,000 young Liberians in keeping with its commitment to youth empowerment through job creation.