Ho Chi Minh City, December 28, 2023 – In a historic moment for U.S.-Vietnam relations, the Peace Corps welcomes its second group of nine volunteers to Vietnam who will co-teach in high schools throughout Ho Chi Minh City. After ten weeks of intensive training on cross-cultural, language, and technical skills, these dedicated volunteers officially swore-in on December 28th, 2023, committing to two years of service to co-teach alongside Vietnamese teachers.
This ceremony signifies not only the culmination of the volunteers’ hard work but also the strong collaboration between the Peace Corps, the Ministry of Education and Training, as well as other Vietnamese Ministries and Departments of Government, schools, and the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City. In addition, this occasion further solidifies the commitment to educational collaboration outlined in the Joint Leaders’ Statement, establishing a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between the United States and Vietnam.
“The collaboration and support of our partners have been instrumental in bringing Peace Corps to Vietnam and now to Ho Chi Minh City,” says Peace Corps Vietnam Country Director Mikel Herrington. “Their commitment to fostering understanding and working in tandem with us is a testament to the power of diplomacy and the shared vision for a more peaceful world.”
Consul General Susan Burns echoes this sentiment, stating, “the Peace Corps program is a tangible symbol of our growing collaboration, fostering mutual understanding and cultural exchange. As our Peace Corps volunteers embark on their journey, they are solidifying the foundation of a brighter future for both nations, built on shared values and a passion for education.
Today, a newly sworn volunteer expressed their excitement: “we are eager to work alongside Vietnamese teachers and learn from the people here. We will strive to contribute our best and make a positive impact in the community.”
Following today’s swearing-in ceremony, the volunteers will begin their work in secondary schools of Ho Chi Minh city districts with Vietnamese counterparts and students. The new group will bring the total number of Peace Corps volunteers in Viet Nam to 18. Currently, Peace Corps has nine volunteers serving in Hanoi.
Attending the ceremony are representatives from the Ministry of Education and Training, other Government of Vietnam Ministries and Departments, school leadership, the U.S. Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City, Peace Corps Viet Nam, Peace Corps Volunteers, international organizations, and media.
For photos of the event, please visit: https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjB8hSB
About the Peace Corps:
Peace Corps is an independent agency under the Executive Branch of the U.S. government which operates a volunteer program to provide host governments with assistance on their development priorities. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, over 240,000 Americans have served as Volunteers in more than 142 countries. Vietnam is the 143rd country to invite and partner with the Peace Corps.
The Mission of Peace Corps is to promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:
- To partner with the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained individuals;
- To promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served;
- To promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.
Peace Corps’ English education program in Viet Nam, officially established with the signing of an implementing agreement in July 2020, is a collaborative partnership between Peace Corps and Viet Nam’s Ministry of Education and Training.
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