Sixty-seven (67) new U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers arrived at Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Sunday, July 2 and joined the family of more than 9,000 Americans who have served as Peace Corps Volunteers in the Philippines since 1961, making the Philippines the second oldest Peace Corps program.
Inspired by President John F. Kennedy, the goal of the U.S. Peace Corps in the Philippines is to promote peace and friendship between our two nations as Volunteers work side-by-side with Filipinos to help build better lives for their communities.
The new Volunteers range in age from 21 to 69, bringing diverse experience, technical expertise, and spirited enthusiasm to learn about the Philippines as they embark on their new adventure.
Immediately following their arrival, the Volunteers will undergo an intensive 10.5 weeks of pre-service training covering technical skills, language, and cultural studies to prepare them for their service.
In partnership with the Department of Education, the Department of Welfare and Social Development, local government units, and local non-governmental organizations, these Volunteers will be assigned to work for a period of 27 months in communities throughout the Philippines, in the fields of education, youth development, and environment.
Meanwhile, the Embassy of the United States in the Philippines and its affiliated offices will be closed to the public on Tuesday, July 4, in observance of the 241st Anniversary of U.S. Independence.
The Embassy and its affiliated offices will resume their services on Wednesday, July 5, 2017. ###