Friday 22 September 2023, Apia Samoa. Eleven new United States Peace Corps Volunteers were sworn in today as a final step before moving into villages to begin their two-year assignments.
At the request of the government of Samoa, the eleven peaace corp volunteers will work in primary schools across Samoa, to help students improve their English literacy skills and to establish or
upgrade school libraries.
The Volunteers have completed an intensive eleven-week Pre-Service Training focused on technical, language, and cultural skills, and they now look forward to beginning their service in villages across Upolu and Savai’i.
They will join the seven Volunteers who were sworn into service in April 2023, bringing the total number of Volunteers currently in Samoa to 18.
The new Volunteers were accepted into service by the Country Director Ms. Gini Wilderson and sworn in by Ms. Noriko Horiuchi, the Chargé d’Affaires of the US Embassy in Samoa.
The keynote address for the swearing-in ceremony was delivered by the Honorable Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Seu’ula Ioane Tua’au, at a ceremony at the National University of Samoa’s Fale Samoa.
The event was also attended by the MESC CEO and Ministry staff, partnering organizations, Volunteers’ counterparts and host families, Peace Corps staff including a regional Chief of Operations visiting from Washington, DC.
The new Volunteers ended the program by entertaining the guests with short speeches in Samoan and the performance o f a Samoan Siva and Pese.
The eleven new Volunteers are eager to start their two-year assignments, which will keep them in Samoa until September 2025.