U.S. to swear in 30 New Peace Corps Colunteers
WINDHOEK, JUNE 10 – Thirty new U.S. Peace Corps volunteers will be sworn-in at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 14th, 2019 at the Andreas Kukuri Conference Center in Okahandja by U.S. Ambassador Lisa Johnson.
Their mission will be to help Namibia bolster community economic development and community health around the country. Peace Corps is a Volunteer program of the United States government through which American Volunteers, young and old, serve overseas for two years to offer technical assistance that helps a country build its capacity to meet the needs of its people.
Before taking up their posts in various parts of the country, the trainees have undergone a nine-week cross cultural training in Okahandja.
The training involved proficiency in one of six local languages acquired through intensive language courses, as well as living with thirty host families in Okahandja. With the complete immersion into Namibian culture and language they are now set to work at the community level across Namibia.
In addition, each Volunteer has met technical training criteria over nine weeks. As a part of this work they have conducted health workshops for youth in Okahandja, business skills training, mentored local entrepreneurs, and developed a visibility campaign for local producers.
Each Volunteer will go on to work alongside Namibian counterparts to ensure that knowledge and experience is transferred in both directions and is sustainable. – NDN Staffer