FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Peace Corps to Re-Establish Program in Kenya
WASHINGTON, D.C.– Over five years after the suspension of its program in Kenya, the Peace Corps announced today it will re-open its doors in the East African country.
“Since the departure of our volunteers in 2014, the Government of Kenya, the Peace Corps and the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi have been steadfast in our desire to return to the important work volunteers were doing throughout the country,” said Jody Olsen, Director of the Peace Corps. “Based on the results of a thorough assessment earlier this year, we have determined that in-country conditions support the return of Peace Corps volunteers. We look forward to working with our friends and colleagues in Kenya, continuing to build bonds of international peace and friendship together.”
Peace Corps’ efforts in Kenya will focus on math, science and deaf education. Once in Kenya, volunteers will undergo three months of comprehensive cultural, language and technical training before they are given their assignments to serve for two years. The first Peace Corps volunteers to serve after the suspension of the post will arrive in late 2020. Available positions can be found here.
Since the program was established in 1964, more than 5,000 Peace Corps volunteers have served in Kenya.
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