Ambassador Brian A. Nichols swore in 43 new volunteers as Peace Corps Volunteers in Peru at the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence. They will travel to rural and semi-rural areas in Piura, Ancash, Amazonas, Lambayeque, La Libertad, Cajamarca and Junín regions and will strengthen the Peace Corps mission in Peru, which has more than 200 Peace Corps Volunteers.
During the ceremony, Ambassador Nichols highlighted that many men and women in the United States are eager to give their energy and time to the cause of world peace and human progress.
23 new Volunteers will serve with the Community Economic Development Program, promoting new sources of jobs and income through small enterprises. The goal is to train artisans, farmers and entrepreneurs in marketing, accounting, organizational development, and computer skills, which is key for Peru’s continuing development. The 20 other volunteers will work with the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Program along with community partners, and will train local community leaders and members in administering and maintaining water and sanitation systems. They will also promote healthy practices among family members.