By Tracey Khan – Drakes
[www.newsguyana.com] – Thirty-two American citizens were sworn in as peace corps volunteers by the United States Ambassador to Guyana Brent Hardt at the International Conference Centre on Thursday, July 03.
This is the 26th Group of Peace Crop Volunteers who will now be deployed across the country to help communities build on their gains as they learn more about the Guyanese culture and tradition.
The group of young people will make suggestions on how to improve the communities in which they are placed. Most of them will be placed in the health and education sectors.
During his address, Ambassador Hardt said many successful Americans were a part of the Peace Corps and it assisted to broaden their horizon on life and the different cultures that exist around the world.
He cautioned the volunteers that this task will be challenging but rewarding and called on them to put their best foot forward. The Ambassador spoke highly of Guyana’s tourism potentials and urged the volunteers to explore the country.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Dr. Bheri Ramsarran acknowledged the contributions of the volunteers and expressed hope that it will continue. He also acknowledged that the bond shared by the two countries is ‘strong’.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Education officer, Donna Chapman said the Peace Corps have been a long standing partner of the education ministry. She expressed pleasure that the young volunteers chose to serve the people of Guyana.
The volunteers will spend two years in Guyana.