Forty six new U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers will be sworn this week at the Andreas Kukuri Conference Centre in Okahandja by U.S. Embassy's Deputy Chief of Mission Peter Lord.
Their mission will be to help bolster local educational outcomes in 13 regions. Peace Corps is a Volunteer programme of the United States government through which American Volunteers, young and old, serve overseas for two years to offer technical assistance that helps a country build its capacity to meet the needs of its people.
Before taking up their posts in various parts of the country, the trainees have undergone a ten-week cross cultural training in Okahandja.
The training involved proficiency in one of seven local languages acquired through intensive language courses, as well as living with fourteen host families in Okahandja. With the complete immersion into Namibian culture and language they are now set to work at the community level across Namibia.
In addition, each volunteer has met technical training criteria over nine weeks. Each volunteer will go on to work across Namibia and work with local counterparts to ensure that knowledge and experience is transferred in both directions and is sustainable.
Caption: U.S. Ambassador Thomas Daughton Peace Corps Swearing-In Ceremony in October 2016, Municipality Hall, Okahandja (Photo by US Embassy)