68 New Peace Corps Volunteers Arrive in Georgia (April 16)
On April 17, 68 new American Peace Corps Volunteers will arrive in Tbilisi to perform two years of volunteer service in Georgia. The new volunteers make up the eighteenth group of volunteers who have come to serve in Georgia since 2001. Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood will accompany Peace Corps Acting Country Director Carmen Sheehan 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 of 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 for two years in towns and rural communities across eleven 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 and Science in support of Georgia’s public schools and English langauge education in particular. Some will also work with nongovernmental organizations in support of community development.
Since the first group of volunteers arrived in Tbilisi in 2001, over 815 volunteers have served in Georgia. They have shared their 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 of Georgia is the primary collaborating partner of the Peace Corps.