SEVENTY-TWO new US Peace Corps Volunteers arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on July 3 for the Philippine-American Friendship Week.
The 72 new volunteers joined the nearly 9,000 Americans who have served as Peace Corps Volunteers in the Philippines since 1961.
The Philippines is the second oldest Peace Corps program. Inspired by President John F. Kennedy, the goal of the U.S. Peace Corps is to promote world peace and friendship between the U.S. and the nations they serve. Volunteers work side-by-side with Filipinos to address community-based needs and engage in cross-cultural learning and living.
The new Volunteers range in age from 21 to 68, brought a variety of experience and technical skills, as well as a spirited enthusiasm to learn about the Philippines.
Meanwhile, the Volunteers, following their arrival, undergo ten-and-a-half weeks of intensive pre-service training that includes technical, 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 Government Units and local non-governmental organizations, these Volunteers will be assigned to work for a period of two years in communities throughout the Philippines in the fields of education, youth development and environment.