The US Embassy Swears in 44 New Peace Corps Volunteers

Santo Domingo-The Charge’ d’ Affairs of the US Embassy in the Dominican Republic, Daniel Foote, swore in 44 new volunteer technicians of the Peace Corps to serve in the Dominican Republic. The ceremony was held at the organization’s training center in Pantoja, on Wednesday, October 30.

During the ceremony, Mr. Foote highlighted that over the last half century the mission of Peace Corps has improved the friendship, increased cultural exchange and helped needy people around the world.. “The volunteers of the Peace Corps are development facilitators who strengthen the capacity of people to develop their own solutions”.

Also participating in the ceremony was the Director of Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic, Arthur Flanagan, US Embassy officials, and representatives of the Dominican Government.

The new group of 44 volunteers recently concluded a 10 weeks intensive training before being integrated into communities around the country.  Over the next two years the volunteers will focus their work a variety of social projects focusing on health and youth development issues.

Peace Corps is a US organization that works on development issues in countries where it is present.  In 1962, the organization established itself in the Dominican Republic. Presently there are 175 volunteer technicians working throughout the Dominican Republic.

Mr. Foote (who, 20 years ago, was part of Peace Corps in Bolivia) highlighted that organization is celebrating its 51 anniversary of service without interruption in the Dominican Republic.

“Since 1962, Peace Corps has worked with the Dominican Government, NGOs, Community Groups and the people of the Dominican Republic directly through more than 4,700 volunteers”. In addition to the Dominican Republic, Peace Corps provide its services in 76 other countries all around the world.