Peace Corps Returns to Madagascar

November 16, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 16, 2009 Peace Corps volunteers returned to the Peace Corps/Madagascar program today.

This first group of returning volunteers is comprised of 11 volunteers who previously served in Madagascar and four Peace Corps Response volunteers. Seventy five additional Peace Corps volunteers will follow within the next ten months.

Over 800 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in Madagascar since the program was established in 1993. Peace Corps/Madagascar volunteers serve in education, small business development, environment, and health and HIV/AIDS sectors.

As Peace Corps approaches its 50th anniversary, its service legacy continues to promote peace and friendship around the world with 7,671 volunteers serving in 75 host countries. Historically, nearly 200,000 Americans have served with the Peace Corps to promote a better understanding between Americans and the people of 139 host countries. Peace Corps Volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment. To learn more about the Peace Corps, please visit our website: www.peacecorps.gov.

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