I found this short booklet published on March 24, 2014, listed on Amazon, and selling for $12.95. Inside at the bottom of all the pages is: PEACE CORPS ETHIOPIA WELCOME BOOK. It was published by the Peace Corps, printed in North Haven, CT, and lists no author(s). It appears the book was given to anyone interested in joining the agency or had been assigned to Ethiopia. The book lists a lot of resources for information about the country as well as the agency. There are names and email addresses of groups of former Ethiopia Volunteers as well as a short list of books about the Peace Corps and Ethiopia. Three pages are devoted to “Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyle, ” two pages on “Peace Corps Training.”
Well designed, the booklet has a half dozen full page photos of PCVs in-country, as well as four pages of what to pack for Ethiopia. That list, the introduction says, “”has been complied by Volunteers serving in Ethiopia and is based on their experience.”
Among the dozens of sections in the booklet are:
- Language Training
- Helping You Stay Healthy
- Professionalism, Dress, and Behavior
- Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items
- Women’s Health Information
- Staying Safe: Don’t Be A target for Crime
This is what I found on Amazon about the book.
Ethiopia in Depth – A Peace Corps Publication
by Peace Corps
Release Date:March 2014
Publisher:CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Dimensions:0.1″ x 8.5″ x 11.0″
On the first page, the booklet gives this short history of the country
Ethiopia is home to more than 80 ethnic and linguistic communities. Proud to be an African state that was never colonized, the Kingdom of Ethiopia dates back to the first millennium. King Menelik I, the legendary son of Queen Sheba and King Solomon of Israel, established his kingdom in Axum. After the rise of Islam in the seventh century, the kingdom became isolated as Arabs gained control of the Red Sea trading routes. In the 12th century, the successor of the Axumite dynasty had expanded southward, principally to Lalibela. Ethiopia’s modern period (post-1855) was characterized by the process of recreating a cohesive state: by Emperor Haile Selassie; by the Marxist regime of Mengistu Haile Mariam; and, since mid-1991, by the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) under Meles Zenawi. The period has been dominated by recurring conflict with neighboring Eritrea, which was a province of Ethiopia until it gained independence in 1991. A tentative cease-fire ended hostilities in 2000, but the border remains undefined and tensions continue, particularly since the 2007 withdrawal of U.N. peacekeepers.
There are also a series of short greetings from in-country PCVs. Their names are not listed. And the booklet ends with the names and phone numbers of contacts at Peace Corps HQ which was then at 1111 20th Street NW in Washington, D.C.
What is missing from the booklet is any history of previous PCVs in Ethiopia. That history, I guess, didn’t matter to the HQ Staff 52 years after 324 Volunteers first arrived in Addis Ababa.
While I have not seen other booklets about other Peace Corps projects, it is possible all of the countries had booklets published during this period by the agency.