Peace Corps Leave Kazakhstan, but Why?
It’s official. Peace Corps has left Kazakhstan. Official reasons are not given. However given that they didn’t let it just wind down, but instead evacuated volunteers with little notice and given that they didn’t make any official announcement until all volunteers were out, there are a lot of rumours out there as to why. Most commentators seem to be citing the recent bombings, a large number of sexual assaults of PCVs in Kazakhstan, and a recent spate of media articles saying that Peace Corps Volunteers might be spies trying to create a revolution.
However, the Kazakhstan Embassy’s take that it was due to the fact that Kazakhstan is too developed to need Peace Corps volunteers doesn’t ring completely true.
In any case, I know many students who loved to tell me stories about a Peace Corps volunteer they met or were taught by. I know they were grateful. And I know that the PCV’s I met were a great bunch of people.