Seventy-one American Peace Corps volunteers, who will promote peace and partnership in the education, youth and environment fields, were sworn in by Chargé d’Affaires Brian Goldbeck at the US Embassy in Manila on September 17.
Representatives from the national and local governments, non-government agencies, and US Embassy staff attended the ceremony.
The enthusiastic volunteers will be assigned to priority sites that were identified by the Philippine government as having the greatest need for volunteers, including areas affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda and the Bohol earthquake.
The new volunteers completed three months of comprehensive technical, language, and cross-cultural training to prepare them for their work in the Philippines as a 24-month commitment to peace through partnership. Volunteers will work in the education, youth and environment sectors.
Peace Corps has a long and rich history in the Philippines. Established in 1961, more than 8,500 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in the Philippines from Tawi-tawi to Batanes, and everywhere in between. The program represents a deep and enduring partnership between the American and Filipino people, and embodies the bayanihan spirit.