PRESS RELEASE – December 11, 2015.
The 87th group of United States Peace Corps Volunteers was sworn in on Friday, November 21st as twenty-one Peace Corps Trainees took the final step before moving into villages to begin their two year assignments. The volunteers just completed an intensive 10-week Pre-Service Training and will now move to their individual villages on Upolu and Savaii. The primary focus of their efforts will be to improve the English literacy of Samoan primary school students.
The volunteers were sworn in by His Excellency Mark Gilbert, the Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa and were accepted for Volunteer service in Samoa by the Honorable Associate Minister of Education, Sports and Culture Tu’u’u Anisi’i Leota at an inspiring ceremony at the Samoa Conference Center, TATTE building, Sogi. The event was also attended by MESC officers, the principals of the schools where the new Volunteers will teach, host families and community members from Saanapu the training village, Peace Corps staff and currently serving Volunteers.
The new Volunteers ended the program by entertaining the guests with short speeches in Samoan and a cultural song and dance they learned during training.
The new Volunteers are eager to start their two year assignments which will keep them in Samoa until December 2017.