Peace Corps volunteers return to Jamaica

AS countries around the world begin to reopen their borders and COVID-19 numbers continue to decrease, Peace Corps global says it remains cautious in its approach to return volunteers to service safely.

Recently six volunteers arrived in Jamaica, but that number is expected to climb to the usual cohort of approximately 40 in March 2023.

A news release from the United States Embassy in Kingston said the Peace Corps volunteers will, at the request of the Jamaican Government, engage in agricultural and educational projects.

From 1962 to March 2020 more than 4,025 Peace Corps volunteers served in Jamaica in the areas of agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health, and youth development.

The Peace Corps is an international service network of volunteers, community residents, host country partners and staff who are driven by the agency’s mission of world peace and friendship.

At the invitation of governments around the world, Peace Corps volunteers work alongside residents of communities on locally prioritised projects. Through service, members of the Peace Corps network develop transferable skills and hone intercultural competencies that position them to be the next generation of global leaders.

Since President John F Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, more than 240,000 Americans have served in 142 countries worldwide.

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