About 55 new Peace Corps volunteers sworn-in

Addis Ababa, April 13, 2018 (FBC) – About 55 new Peace Corps volunteers at the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa were sworn in by Ambassador Michael Raynor today.

They represent the 18th group of volunteers since the re-establishment of the program in 2007.

Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Raynor said “you’ve come to Ethiopia at an important time, when history is being written and new opportunities are being created to build a better future.”

The volunteer will serve in Amhara, Oromia, SNNP, and Tigray regional states for the next two years.

Ethiopia was among the first countries to invite the Peace Corps to establish a program, way back in 1962, and the first group of almost 300 volunteers landed in Addis Ababa in September of that year.

Since then, Peace Corps volunteers have served in towns, villages, and rural communities throughout Ethiopia, carrying out the vision of President John F. Kennedy in promoting global understanding and friendship through cross-cultural exchange and capacity-building on the ground.

Posted by Amare Asrat