On April 19, 58 new American Peace Corps Volunteers will arrive in Tbilisi to perform two years of volunteer service in Georgia. The new volunteers make up the sixteenth group of volunteers who have come to serve in Georgia since 2001. Chargé d’Affaires Nicholas Berliner will accompany Peace Corps Country Director Stephen Smith at the welcoming ceremony at Tbilisi’s International Airport.
Before starting their service, the new volunteers will participate in an eleven-week, pre-service training program that includes intensive study in the Georgian language, culture, and project-related skills. During this time they will live with Georgian host families to facilitate their integration into Georgian society. At the end of their training, the volunteers will live and work two year in towns and rural communities across all ten regions of Georgia.
To promote broad-based development, Peace Corps Georgia specifically places volunteers in rural and remote communities, and among Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), ethnic minorities, and socially or economically vulnerable populations. The primary goal of their service will be to work with the Ministry of Education in support of Georgia’s public schools and English education in particular. Some will also work nongovernmental organizations in support of community development.
Since the first group of volunteers arrived in Tbilisi in 2001, over 660 volunteers have served in Georgia. They have shared skills with Georgian counterparts and communities, shared American culture with Georgian citizens, and then shared Georgian culture with the American people upon their return to the United States. Visit the Peace Corps Georgia Facebook page to see how Peace Corps Volunteers have contributed to Georgia’s development.
President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961 to promote world peace and friendship. The Peace Corps is a U.S. government agency that operates in Georgia at the request of the Georgian government. The Ministry of Education and Science and the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs of Georgia are the primary collaborating partners of the Peace Corps.