Twenty American Peace Corps Volunteers, the first since the organization suspended its operations in Nepal in 2004, were sworn in on Friday by the US Ambassador to Nepal Peter W. Bodde.
Oath of office and secrecy was administered to the new volunteers in a ceremony attended by Minister of Finance Barsha Man Pun and Peace Corps Chief of Staff Stacy Rhodes, former USAID Nepal Deputy Director 1987-1990.
Prior to their swearing-in, the volunteers completed a 12 week Nepali language, culture, and technical training program in Sindhupalchowk District, said the US Embassy in Nepal.
This year marks the 50th anniversary since the Peace Corps arrived in Nepal in 1962. The Volunteers will work with their Nepali counterparts to promote food security through agriculture, sanitation, and health activities with villages in the three Western Region districts of Baglung, Syangja, and Parbat.
These volunteers join the ranks of more than 4,200 volunteers that have served here in Nepal in the past, and the 8,000+ Volunteers currently serving in 73 other countries across the world, the Embassy sources further said.
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