Peace Corps Triples Number of Volunteers Serving in Myanmar
April 6, 2018 – The U.S. Peace Corps is tripling the number of Peace Corps Volunteers who will serve communities in Myanmar. Today, 31 new Peace Corps Volunteers were sworn in at a ceremony at Karaweik Palace at Kandawgyi Lake. The Volunteers will serve for two years in the English education sector in Myanmar. During their two years of service, Volunteers will teach English at basic education middle and high schools in Yangon Region, Bago Region and, for the first time, in Mon State. They join 14 Volunteers who are currently serving in Myanmar.
U.S. Ambassador Scot Marciel swore-in the new Peace Corps Volunteers and congratulated them. “The strong bonds of friendship and respect that Peace Corps Volunteers build with communities in Myanmar are deeply important for our two countries,” he said.
This is the third and largest group of American Volunteers to serve in Myanmar. They come from all parts of the United States and reflect the country’s great diversity. These Volunteers successfully completed a ten-week pre-service training program concentrating on Myanmar language and culture, job-specific skills, and health and safety training. To facilitate their learning, the Volunteers lived in a local community in Bago Region, learned from local sponsor families, and conducted practice school lessons for Myanmar students.
Country Director Maura Fulton administered the Volunteer pledge and told the new Volunteers, “You will help to strengthen friendships and cross-cultural understanding between the people of the United States and the people of Myanmar, bringing our two nations’ hearts closer together through your work in the community.”
Representatives of the Ministry of Education and other Government of Myanmar partners attended the ceremony and expressed their gratitude for the Volunteers’ service. Also in attendance were Myanmar regional and local government officials, collaborating schools and local families, Peace Corps staff, and U.S. Embassy officials.
Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961, more than 230,000 Americans have served in 141 host countries. The Peace Corps operates at the request of the Government of Myanmar and provides qualified men and women who contribute to education goals while also promoting a better understanding between the people of the United States and Myanmar. Peace Corps Volunteers began working in Myanmar in 2016. With the addition of this new group, Peace Corps is tripling the number of Volunteers serving the people of Myanmar; 45 Volunteers now live and work side-by-side with their Myanmar counterparts.