Shortly after Independence, the Government of the Republic of Namibia invited the Peace Corps to come to Namibia to support the government with its development efforts. Most of the early PC Volunteers taught in local schools and worked on the development of new teaching materials required by the Government’s decision to use English as the official language and to establish a new national education system open to all Namibians.
The first group of 14 Volunteers arrived in Namibia on September 9, 1990, less than 6 months after Independence. At the present time, there are now approximately 100 Peace Corps Volunteers serving in the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Development, Health and Education sectors. They are assigned to all13 regions of Namibia: Kunene, Erongo, Khorixas, Omusati, Oshana, Oshikoto Ohangwena, Rundu, Omaheke, Khomas, Karas, Caprivi and Hardap, Ideally, each Volunteer will be able to "work him/herself out of a job" by leaving behind Namibian counterparts with whom the Volunteer has worked to continue performing the job, or by leaving structures, practices, and ideas that will enable the next person to build a viable position or program.