New batch of Peace Corps Volunteers

Youth Minister Hon. Emmalin Pierre will be the feature speaker at the swearing in ceremony of six US Peace Corps Trainees, who will be sworn in as Peace Corps Volunteers on Wednesday 27 March 2013 at the Grenada Red Cross Conference room at 3:30 pm.

Mr Louis Crishock, US Chargé d’Affaires in Grenada, will administer the Oath of Service. Besides Hon. Pierre, guests to the ceremony will also include government officials from partnering ministries, families that have hosted the Peace Corps Trainees, and community members from the villages where the Volunteers will serve for the next two years.

Peace Corps Volunteers come from all parts of the United States, and reflect America’s rich diversity. A statement from the Peace Corps office in Grenada said that the new Trainees bring with them professional experience in Youth Development and Special Education.

“They were selected through a rigorous, year-long nationwide selection. Since arriving in Grenada on 22 March 2013, they have participated in an intensive four-week training program to improve their knowledge of the country, community development strategies, and the professional and technical aspects of the positions to which they will be assigned,” the release said.

The Peace Corps program in Grenada is part of a sub-regional Peace Corps program for the Eastern Caribbean headquartered in Saint Lucia.

The US Peace Corps first arrived to the Eastern Caribbean in 1962, and to Grenada in 1967. Over the years, Peace Corps Volunteers have worked with their local counterparts in the areas of community development, education, special education, HIV & AIDS, small business development, and NGO development.

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