201st group of Peace Corps Volunteers sworn in


As many as 29 Peace Corps Volunteers were sworn in by US Ambassador Peter W Bodde and Peace Corps/ Nepal Country Director Nelson Chase to begin their two-year service in Nepal.

According to a press release issued by the US Embassy in Kathmandu today, the new volunteers join the ranks of more than 4,200 volunteers who have served in Nepal since 1961.

The fresh batch of volunteers is the fourth to arrive in the country since the Peace Corps programme was re-opened in 2012.

The volunteers had arrived in March 2015 for intensive language and technical training in Kavre and Kathmandu to prepare for their service.

They were in Kathmandu during the April 25 earthquake. They lived and worked at the US Embassy for over a week until the Peace Corps sent them to their homes in the United States for a short period of time.

Once their housing in Nepal was assessed for earthquake safety, the volunteers returned on June 19, demonstrating their commitment to help communities.

As per the release, the volunteers have been assigned to districts in the western and mid-western regions to work on food security, sanitation, and health projects.