New Peace Corps volunteers sworn in

21 October 2019 | Social Issues

Thirty new US Peace Corps volunteers joined local communities throughout Namibia to begin two-year assignments to strengthen education across the country. The volunteers will work shoulder-to-shoulder with local communities and schools in all 14 regions.
This group became Peace Corps volunteers at a swearing-in ceremony held at the Andreas Kukuri Centre in Okahandja last Thursday.
At the ceremony, the US Embassy’s Chargé d’Affaires Peter Lord described the Peace Corps program as “one of the strongest pillars of friendship between America and Namibia”.
Before taking up their assignments throughout Namibia, the new volunteers participated in a nine-week cross cultural training program in Okahandja which involved proficiency in one of nine local languages, as well as living with host families at the town.
This complete immersion into Namibian culture and language prepared the volunteers to work at the community level across the country.
At the conclusion of the training, Peace Corps Country Director Kevin Fleming thanked the government and people of Okahandja for years of generosity and support for the program.
The Peace Corps has brought volunteers to Namibia since 1990. Since then over 1 800 Americans have volunteered in Namibia on projects ranging from health, education and community economic development, to cultural preservation.

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