Secretary Clinton Inducts 19 New Peace Corps Volunteers in Senegal
WASHINGTON D.C., – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton administered the swearing-in oath in Dakar, Senegal to 19 Peace Corps volunteers who will be working in community economic development. The ceremony took place on the first day of Secretary Clinton’s six-country visit to Africa. U.S. Ambassador to Senegal Lewis Lukens, Assistant Secretary of African Affairs Johnnie Carson, Peace Corps Country Director Michael Simsik, and other Peace Corps staff attended the ceremony.
Since arriving to Senegal in May, the new volunteers have undergone several months of comprehensive cross-cultural, language and technical training. After today’s swearing-in ceremony, the volunteers will travel to their permanent site in a local community, where they will live and work for the remaining two years of their service. There is no deadline to apply with the Peace Corps. The agency is recruiting, placing, and training Americans for service in 75 host countries throughout the year.
About Peace Corps/Senegal: More than 3,190 Peace Corps volunteers have served in Senegal since the program was established in 1963. Currently, 254 volunteers serve in Senegal. Volunteers work in the areas of agriculture, environment, health and business. Volunteers are trained and work in the following languages: French, Wolof, Pulaar du Nord, Fulakunda, Pulafuta, Seereer, Malinke, Mandinka and Jaxanke.
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