Volunteers Take Oath in the Name of “Peace”

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Peace Corps volunteers taking their oath of service at the residence of the US Ambassador (KT Photo: Chor Sokunthea).

By Cecelia Marshall for The Khmer Times

PHNOM PENH, September 12, (Khmer Times) – The Peace Corps welcomed 53 new volunteers to Cambodia. They were sworn in today after nine weeks of training in Phnom Penh and Takeo province, taking intensive courses in the Khmer language and Cambodian culture.  

“This is one of the best places in the world, at the best time in the world to make a difference,” said Ambassador William E. Todd during the swearing in of the Peace Corps volunteers. “You have the ability to make a difference.”

Some of the volunteers, are in the English language teaching program and others in the community health education project.

“Peace Corps programs make important contributions to Cambodia’s development, “said Cambodia’s Secretary of State at the Minister of Health Eng Hout.

“In many ways each of you is an ambassador of the U.S. to Cambodia,” said Ambassador Todd.

The ceremony marked the eighth cohort of volunteers working in Cambodia; currently there are 100 of them working in areas of English and health education.

Volunteers will live in remote provinces for two years, and hopefully develop rapport with those in the community

The Peace Corps was established by former president John F. Kennedy in 1961 as a government- sponsored program. Since 2007, Peace Corps has placed 227 volunteers in 14 provinces around Cambodia.

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