FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, February 5, 2024
PEACE CORPS ANNOUNCES 2025 RETURN TO THE REPUBLIC OF PALAU
Peace Corps Volunteers to strengthen bilateral ties, and support education and community economic development priorities in the Pacific Island Country
(Washington, D.C. | Monday, February 5, 2024) – Peace Corps has announced that the agency will reopen its country program in the Republic of Palau in 2025. This marks a significant milestone in the longstanding partnership and cooperation between the United States and Palau.
“I am thrilled to announce that the Peace Corps will reopen its country program in the Republic of Palau in 2025. I am grateful to President Surangel Whipps, Jr. for the invitation to return to Palau, which highlights the enduring friendship between the United States and Palau and the importance of people-to-people ties and shared development priorities,” said Peace Corps Director Carol Spahn. “The Peace Corps has a long history of partnering with Palau and its people and this is an exciting time.”
From 1966 to 2018, the Peace Corps maintained a one-program, two-country model for Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia, during which time more than 4,400 Peace Corps volunteers worked alongside community members in these Pacific Island Countries. The next chapter of the Peace Corps partnership with Palau will focus on community economic development and education, including childhood literacy, math and science skills, and English education.
“The return of the Peace Corps to Palau reflects the strong relationship between our nations,” said Republic of Palau President Surangel S. Whipps, Jr. “Many Palauans were mentored by Peace Corps members, some of whom have returned to become an integral part of our national family. We extend our gratitude to all of them and to the program that has enriched our country in countless ways. To those Peace Corps members preparing to come and contribute to Palau, welcome home.”
Peace Corps exemplifies the transformative power of intercultural exchange and collaboration to lay the foundation for friendship and world peace. Visit PeaceCorps.gov/Bold to learn more about the Peace Corps and explore opportunities to serve.
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