US Peace Corps swears-in 59 health, agriculture volunteers

18Apr 2019
The Guardian Reporter
DAR ES SALAAM
The Guardian
US Peace Corps swears-in 59 health, agriculture volunteers

United States Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Dr. Inmi Patterson presided over a swearing-in ceremony for fifty-nine United States Peace Corps Volunteers committed to two years of service in the health and agriculture sectors.

United States Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Dr. Inmi Patterson

The Volunteers will be stationed in 35 districts across Tanzania. Peace Corps volunteers  will provide services in the country for two years.

A statement issued by US Embassy in Dar es Salaam said the Peace Corps volunteers will provide services in the health and agriculture sectors in 35 districts across the country.

Chargé Patterson administered the official oath of service to the new volunteers in the presence of the guest of honor, Deputy Minister of State in the President’s Office (Regional Administration and Local Government), Mwita Mwikwabe Waitara, government officials, former Peace Corps volunteers, officials from partner volunteer agencies, and families who hosted volunteers also attended the ceremony.  

Patterson said: “Through this program, you will affect change both in the Tanzanians you work with and in yourselves. And while there is a possibility that you may be the first American your Tanzanian colleagues or neighbors have met, it is a certainty that you will remain forever in the minds of those Tanzanians as a representative; an exemplar of the American people and of the enduring partnership between Americans and Tanzanians.” 

Founded in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy, the Peace Corps is a U.S government agency that supports over 7,000 volunteers in more than 70 countries.  

For more than 50 years, Peace Corps has maintained apolitical and non-sectarian ideals of technical and cultural exchange.  Peace Corps promotes world peace and friendship by fulfilling three fundamental goals of providing American volunteers who contribute to the social and economic development of interested countries.

The other goals include promoting a better understanding of Americans among the people who volunteers serve and strengthening Americans' understanding of the world and its peoples.

Over 3,000 Peace Corps volunteers have served in Tanzania since 1961.  The Peace Corps provides trained American volunteers who work with communities in the fields of secondary education (math, science, and English), agriculture, health promotion, and environmental education.