Kathmandu, June 18
Thirty-five Peace Corps volunteers were sworn in by Chargé d’Affaires Peter A Malnak and the Peace Corps/Nepal Country Director Sherry Russell to begin their two-year terms in Nepal.
The new Volunteers join more than 3,800 volunteers who served before them in Nepal since 1962, and over 7,200 Peace Corps volunteers currently serving in 65 other countries around the world.
This is the seventh batch of volunteers to arrive in Nepal since the Peace Corps programme reopened in 2012, according to a statement issued today by the Embassy of the United States in Kathmandu.
“I cannot imagine a finer example of collaboration between our two nations than the longstanding relationship between Peace Corps and Nepal. These trainees follow in the footsteps of over 3,800 previous volunteers, including some here today, who heeded the call to service and chose to come to Nepal to serve not only our own country, but also the people of Nepal,” said Chargé d’Affaires Peter Malnak in the statement.
The 35 Peace Corps Volunteers arrived in April 2018 and underwent 11 weeks of intensive language, cross-cultural and technical training in Kavre District in preparation for their service.
The volunteers have been assigned to seven districts in three provinces to work on food and nutrition security projects in coordination with various ministries and support Nepal government’s food and nutrition security priorities in the area, as per the statement.
A version of this article appears in print on June 19, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.