U.S. Volunteers In SA Sworn In

Peace Corp volunteers take the pledge of service during the swearing-in ceremony in Waterkloof. (image: Bongani Shilubane - African News Agency ANA)

Peace Corps Swearing-In Ceremony, April 1, 2019 

The United States Peace Corps and the United States Mission to South Africa swore in 34 new Peace Corps Volunteers on Monday, April 1, 2019, in Pretoria.  Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Ian McCary delivered remarks and swear in the volunteers.

Pretoria News was there to cover the event and chatted to two of the volunteers. Hannah Malin, 22, from Virginia said: “I chose to join the Peace Corps because I wanted an opportunity where I could pursue my passion of working in public health but also learn from other people on a human-based level and also on community-based level.”

Mathew Shen, 24, said: “This is my first hands-on experience with HIV/AIDS relief and I am looking forward to the whole thing.”

Peace Corps Volunteers come from every walk of American life. They are parents, teachers, nurses, youth leaders, and more. They are diverse in race, ethnicity, age, and  religion. Peace Corps South Africa has welcomed over 1400 U.S citizens as Peace Corps Volunteers since 1997 after President Nelson Mandela made a request to President Bill Clinton to establish the program in South Africa.

The volunteers will serve in Community HIV Outreach Projects. They will be serving in Mpumalanga, Limpopo, and KwaZulu Natal Province. The future Peace Corps volunteers are currently in training, learning Setswana, IsiZulu, IsiNdebele, and Xitsonga.

The United States Peace Corps was established in 1961 to promote world peace and friendship. There are more than 8,000 Peace Corps Volunteers in over 76 countries, working with local communities to strengthen education, health, HIV/AIDS awareness, agriculture, small business, and the environment.

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