PRESS RELEASE – 21 New Peace Corps Volunteers Strengthen U.S.-Cameroon Ties

UNITED STATES EMBASSY—Yaounde
PUBLIC AFFAIRS SECTION

PRESS RELEASE

21 New Peace Corps Volunteers Strengthen U.S.-Cameroon Ties

Friday, August 3, 2018

On August 3, 2018, Ambassador Peter Barlerin and the Governor of West Region presided over the swearing-in ceremony for twenty-one new Peace Corps Volunteers at the Salle des Fetes Olympia in Foumbot.  Peace Corps’ uninterrupted cooperation with Cameroon since 1962 not only has contributed to development in Cameroonian rural areas, it has also created generational American-Cameroonian friendships.  In his remarks, the Ambassador thanked the community of Foumbot for the hospitality it showed to Peace Corps Volunteers and for their joint efforts in promoting peace and partnership.

The ceremony marks the end of the volunteers’ ten weeks training and the beginning of the service component of their two-year commitments.  The new Volunteers will be posted in the Adamawa, Center, East, Littoral, South, and West regions.  Including the recent addition, Cameroon now hosts approximately 118 Peace Corps volunteers who work with Cameroonian local community groups in six of the country’s ten regions.  The work of Peace Corps volunteers centers around the themes of education, agriculture, and community health.

The Peace Corps was launched by U.S. President John F. Kennedy in 1961.  More than 3,680 Americans have served as Peace Corps Volunteers in Cameroon since 1962.  Peace Corps Volunteers currently serve in 76 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, and the Middle East.

For more information, please contact the United States Embassy in Yaounde, Press section Tel 22 20 15 00, ext. 4162 or 4273.

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