KYIV (QHA) -

US Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Ukraine Marie Jovanovic sworn in with 72 new Peace Corps volunteers.


QHA correspondent reports that the ceremony was held in Kyiv in the Ukrainian House. It was attended by the Director of the US Peace Corps in Ukraine, Danny Robertson, representatives of the Ukrainian government, volunteers and their Ukrainian colleagues.

“Today we present you with 72 new Peace Corps volunteers to service in Ukraine. You are a symbol of hope and recognition of the challenges ahead. There is much to do as our ministry partners had explained you earlier this morning. And we know that you’re up to the challenge," Robertson said.

He also said that volunteers will work in all regions of Ukraine. The term of their work is 2 years. Ms. Marie Jovanovic noted that the Peace Corps in Ukraine is one of the largest in the world.

“Today, like 25 years ago, the government of Ukraine is helping the Peace Corps. Our program in Ukraine is one of the largest in the world. Turning to Ukrainian partners, I want to say that the work that you do is remarkable," the ambassador said.

The Peace Corps program in Ukraine includes teaching English, strengthening organizational development, management and work with young people.

Volunteer projects include education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, HIV prevention, leadership trainings for young people and others.

The US Peace Corps in Ukraine was founded in 1992. Then, Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk and US President George W. Bush signed a bilateral agreement.

The functions of the Corps are to assist citizens of Ukraine in providing competent specialists to meet the requirements for technical qualifications, and also to contribute to a better understanding of Americans by Ukrainians.

Since 1992, more than 2.7 thousand Peace Corps volunteers have worked in Ukrainian communities.

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