13 December 2012

Kenya: Peace Corps Welcomes 27 New Volunteers to Kenya

press release

On December 14, 2012, the U.S. Embassy's Chargé D'Affaires, Robert F. Godec, will preside over a swearing-in ceremony of 27 new Peace Corps Education Volunteers at his residence in Muthaiga.

The new volunteers have successfully completed ten weeks of in-country training, including pedagogical, cross-cultural, and language training in Loitokitok and Machakos. Upon swearing in they will be posted to rural Kenyan schools where they will serve for two years teaching math and science in secondary schools and deaf education in primary schools for the deaf.

Since 1964, the Peace Corps has assisted the people and the Government of Kenya in meeting their development needs by providing over 6,000 Peace Corps volunteers skilled in a variety of disciplines. Volunteers currently support the Government of Kenya's development efforts in three key areas: Education, Public Health (including HIV/AIDS prevention), and Community Economic Development.

The Peace Corps was established in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy to promote world peace and friendship. Since that time over 200,000 Peace Corps volunteers have served in 139 host countries, working on development issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation. Peace Corps volunteers are American citizens who are qualified for service abroad and who commit to serving twenty-seven months in order to help peoples in developing countries. Peace Corps volunteers currently serve in 75 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, and the Middle East. The Peace Corps' mission has three simple goals:

Helping the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women;

Helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served, and,

Helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Note to Editors: Media are invited to cover this event. Reporters need to carry their national IDs and press cards for access into the U.S. Ambassador's Residence, 93 Muthaiga Road. Assigned reporters should arrive at Ambassador's Residence by 9:00 a.m. tomorrow December 14, 2012. For more information, please contact Philips Asusa at 363-6441 or 0735-772-100.

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