Philippine-American Friendship Week Sees Arrival of 72 New Peace Corps Volunteers

Manila, July 1, 2018 — Seventy-two new U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers joined the more than 9,000 Americans who have served as Peace Corps Volunteers in the Philippines since 1961.

The new Volunteers bring diverse experiences and technical skills as well as spirited enthusiasm to learn about the Philippines.  Immediately following their arrival, the Volunteers will undergo an intensive 10.5 weeks of pre-service training that includes technical, language, and cultural studies to prepare them for their service.  In partnership with the Department of Education, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Local Government Units and local non-governmental organizations, these Volunteers will be assigned to work for a period of two years in communities throughout the Philippines in the fields of education, youth development, and environment.

Inspired by President John F. Kennedy, the goal of the U.S. Peace Corps is to promote peace and friendship between the two nations as volunteers work side-by-side with Filipinos to promote friendship and help build better lives for their communities.  The Philippines is the second oldest Peace Corps program in the world.