13 new US Peace Corps in Group 86 officially sworn in

The Acting U.S. Chargé d’Affaires William Barkell giving Group 86 the Oath of Service

APIA: FRIDAY 21 NOVEMBER 2014: Thirteen new United States Peace Corps Volunteers were sworn in on today, November 21, as the final step before moving into villages for their two year assignments.

The volunteers have just completed an intensive seven-week Pre-Service Training and will now move to their individual villages on Upolu, Manono and Savaii. The primary focus of their efforts will be to improve English literacy of Samoan primary school students.

The volunteers were sworn in by Acting U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, William Barkell and were accepted for Volunteer service in Samoa by the Minister of  Education, Sports and Culture, Magele Mauiliu Magele at an inspiring ceremony at the Samoa Conference Center, TATTE building, Sogi.

: Peace Corps Volunteer Group 86 with (far left) Country Director Eddie Stice and right next to him is Acting U.S. Chargé d’Affaires William Barkell. On the far right of the group is Director of Programs and Training Dr. Sherry Russell

Peace Corps Volunteer Group 86 with (far left) Country Director Eddie Stice and right next to him is Acting U.S. Chargé d’Affaires William Barkell. On the far right of the group is Director of Programs and Training Dr. Sherry Russell

The event was also attended by MESC officers, the principals of the schools where the new Volunteers will teach, Trainee host families from Falelatai, Peace Corps staff and some Volunteers from Group 83, 84 and 85 Volunteers, who have been in Samoa from one to four years.

The new Volunteers ended the program by entertaining the guests with a cultural dance they learned during training.

The Volunteers are eager to start their two year assignments, which will keep them in Samoa until December 2016.

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