In order to be assigned a volunteer, the institutions had to make an application, justifying their requirement for such aid and giving an assurance that the volunteer would be provided with housing and an assurance that the volunteer would be provided with housing and – in the case of individual language teachers – that they would be paid a salary in line with other employees.
Thanks to the facilities which the Corps offered, and also to their own skills, the volunteers succeeded in carrying out some 160 projects with a total value of about $900,000. Most projects were concerned with equipping institutions with professional English-language literature and with computers, as well as installation of Internet services. Volunteers were expected to work on behalf of local communities and to meet their needs.
By June 2001 as many as 670 volunteers had been involved in the field of English language teaching, to the benefit of 120,000 pupils of secondary schools and more than 9,000 students of English language training colleges. Thanks to the activities of the Peace Corps, the number of full-time teachers in the colleges rose from 1,700 in 1989 to over 12,000 by 200
On the picture above: Gregory Bohm with staff of the Miejska Biblioteka Publiczna in Reszel, 2001. With courtesy of Miejska Biblioteka Publiczna in Reszel