33 Peace Corps Volunteers sworn in
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Peace Corps Guyana swore in 33 volunteers of the 22nd group yesterday at the Theatre Guild Playhouse, Kingston, Georgetown.
The volunteers arrived in Guyana on February 7 last and for the past eight weeks were involved in pre-service training focused on providing them with opportunities and experience which would enable them to:
*function effectively in the project areas of Community Health Education and Community Education promotion;
*integrate easily into the Guyanese society;
*consciously be responsible for their personal health and safety; and
*understand Peace Corps policies and procedures to enhance their field work.
For the next two years, the Americans will live and work in communities throughout Guyana, assisting the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs and the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports in their development efforts.
The volunteers presented a slideshow and video punctuated by popular songs and a queh-queh piece before they received their pins from Heath Programme Manager Simone Sills and Education/IT Programme Manager Shellon Bovell.
Meanwhile, Peace Corp Volunteer Kellen Blankenship gave brief remarks on behalf of the group.
Peace Corp Country Director, James Geenen yesterday congratulated the Peace Corps Volunteers and encouraged them to work to achieve their goals with the motto, “once a volunteer, always a volunteer”.
He also thanked the families who will host the  volunteers and the staff who trained them. And he urged the group to work diligently with the communities they are assigned to.
Mr. Geenen said he was pleased with the progress of the group and how well they managed to adapt to the Guyanese culture and way of life.
Minister of Education, Shaik Baksh, who made brief remarks, told the gathering that the education sector has, over the years, benefitted significantly from the volunteers, especially in hinterland areas.
Also making remarks and administering the Oath  was Charge d‘Affairs at the American Embassy, Karen Williams, who urged the volunteers to be role models and be mindful of their oath.

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