FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Peace Corps Nicaragua Volunteers Evacuated Safely
WASHINGTON – Due to ongoing safety concerns, all Peace Corps Nicaragua volunteers and trainees were successfully evacuated out of the country, the agency announced today.
Peace Corps will continue to monitor conditions in Nicaragua in partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Managua. Peace Corps expressed its hope that volunteers will return to the country while underscoring that volunteer safety and security is the agency’s top priority.Prior to the evacuation, more than 160 volunteers were working in Nicaragua on projects in education, the environment, community economic development, and health. More than 2,600 Peace Corps volunteers have served in Nicaragua since 1968, building lasting partnerships in communities across the country.
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About the Peace Corps: The Peace Corps sends Americans with a passion for service abroad on behalf of the United States to work with communities and create lasting change. Volunteers develop sustainable solutions to address challenges in education, health, community economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development. Through their Peace Corps experience, volunteers gain a unique cultural understanding and a life-long commitment to service that positions them to succeed in today's global economy. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, more than 230,000 Americans of all ages have served in 141 countries worldwide.