Marking the end of Philippine-American Friendship Week, the Philippines welcomed the arrival of 73 new US Peace Corps Volunteers at Ninoy Aquino International Airport on July 7.
The new volunteers join the more than 8,000 Americans who have served as Peace Corps Volunteers in the Philippines since 1961, making the Philippines the US’s second oldest Peace Corps program. Inspired by President John Kennedy, the goal of the US Peace Corps is to promote peace and friendship between the two nations as volunteers work side-by-side with Filipinos to promote friendship and help build better lives for their communities.
The new Volunteers range in age from 21 to 74, and bring diverse experience and technical skills as well as spirited enthusiasm to learn about the Philippines as they embark on their new adventure. Immediately following their arrival, the Volunteers will undergo an intensive 10-week technical training that includes language and cultural studies to prepare them for their service. In partnership with the Department of Education, the Department of Welfare and Social Development, local governments and local non-governmental organizations, these Volunteers will be assigned to work in communities throughout the Philippines in the fields of education, youth development and environment for a period of two years.
All 73 new Peace Corps Trainees Group 272 at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, and were met by country director Denny Robertson and other PC Philippines staffers.